In the Media
Blue Mountains Gazette
February 16, 2018
Boofhead and Olive Oyl, long term guardians of the Leuralla Amphitheatre, have been joined by the imposing figure of the Phantom, standing sternly overlooking the escarpment.
The five-metre figure was commissioned by owner/ directors of the NSW Toy and Railway Museum, Leuralla, Clive and Elizabeth Evatt and inspired by the Images of this eternally popular and stern guardian of peace, as embodied by Sydney artist and Phantom aficionado, Peter Kingston.
Working from Kingo’s models on display at the Museum, this labour of love was undertaken by local craftsman Russell Hunt, taking over a year of planning and commitment.
His work, assisted in the final stages by Kingo, exceeds all expectations as revealed by the imposing stance of this, the first of the caped guardians of peace, fighter for the just, forerunner of the superhero, reliant only on personal strength, intelligence, integrity and reputed immortality to right the wrong and pursue and defeat the perpetrators of evil.
The unveiling is timely as the Phantom, creation of Americans Lee Falk and Ray Moore, first appeared in comic strip form on February 17, 1936.
The Phantom was an immediate success and soon had an international following which in the 82 years since had grown immensely. The comic strip is now syndicated to more than 500 newspapers worldwide with continuous publication of the popular and widely read comics.
The Phantom has inspired artists worldwide and most recently a travelling exhibition in 2017 featuring the work of many Australian artists including Kingston, toured Australia, finishing with a highly attended show at Manly Art Gallery, curated by Ross Heathcote.
Leuralla NSW Toy and Railway Museum is open daily 10am-5pm. More information at toyandrailwaymuseum.com.au.
Leuralla Amphitheatre is available for weddings and events; see leuraweddings.com.au.
See original story at the Blue Mountains Gazette website here.
Blue Mountains Gazette
November 27 2017
They enjoy some of the best views in the Blue Mountains and soon Boofhead and Olive Oyl at the Leuralla Ampitheatre in Leura will have a new neighbour.
The cartoon character sculptures opposite the Leuralla Toy and Railway Museum in Olympian Parade will have a new addition by Christmas – but its identity is tightly under wraps until then.
Ms Evatt, who with her husband Clive Evatt, are co-directors of the museum, said the sculptures “are a response to the Australian public’s fascination with cartoon characters”.
It is a passion that has links to Clive Evatt’s Hogarth Galleries in Paddington.
“The work of many of the well known artists who exhibited at Hogarth Galleries, like Martin Sharp, Peter Kingston and Garry Shead, is very much driven by this fascination with comic book characters,” said Ms Evatt.
“Rather than put up stuffy old kings on horseback in bronze, Clive’s attitude is that Australians respond very well to this form of cultural art.”
The base for the new sculpture is already in place but there are few clues to its identity. What do you think?
The Bachelorette, Season 3, Episode 11
October 27, 201
Leura Weddings Amphitheatre, the Blue Mountains premiere wedding venue, was showcased on the second to last episode of Channel 10’s hit show, “The Bachelorette”.
The Amphitheatre’s stunning scenery became the backdrop for Opera Australia’s male tenor, Nicholas Jones as he performed “Nessun Dorma“, an aria from the final act of Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Turandot”, one of the best-known tenor arias in all opera.
Apollo was taken by the tenor’s “projection”, and the performance brought Sophie to tears.
You can share the same magic that The Bachelorette’s Sophie and Apollo experienced at the spectacular Leuralla Amphitheatre!
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