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CHEERS: Wade Curtis with the piece.
CHEERS: Wade Curtis with the piece. Rob Williams

Oversize "beer goggles" prove a hit at Pumpyard

EVER wondered what it would be like to see life through a giant set of beer goggles?

Wonder no more.

Artist Giuseppe Filardo's contribution to the Ipswich Festival's In-Situ public art display has taken pride of place at the front of the Pumpyard Bar and Brewery, and is proving a hit with patrons.

Mr Giuseppe's work, I Sea, is one of eight pieces of public art work that will be on display around town for the duration of the Ipswich Festival.

Pumpyard owner Wade Curtis said he gave the artwork the nickname Beer Goggles because he thought patrons would relate to it.

"I think this particular piece was too good to put anywhere else," Mr Curtis said.

"Everyone loves it. Kids are climbing all over it and everyone is commenting on it.

"It could be the start of something we'll look at doing more regularly here."

Although it is not intended to be sat on - or climbed on for that matter - the recycled timber piece is reinforced so it has stood up to the rigours of pub life thus far.

It took the artist three months to make and is for sale at a price on application.

Other works on display as part of In-Situ are set up in the Ipswich Mall and along Brisbane St.



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