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Arts in Greater Dandenong

Arts in Greater Dandenong

The Borrowers

Artists: Kevin Cilders
Completed: 1998
Location: Outside Springvale Library, 411 Springvale Road, Springvale

A family group, laden with books, has been carved from a red river gum stump. 'The Borrowers' are on their way home after visiting the nearby Springvale Library. You might like to sit with them for a while and marvel at the skill involved in transforming a tree stump into a figurative sculpture with the use of only a chainsaw!

'The Borrowers' reflects the important role libraries have to members of the local community at all ages. The choice of the locally found red river gum further reiterates the local theme.

Award winning wood worker Kevin Gilders carved the work in which was designed by Knox Placemakers.

The impact of The Borrowers on the community is two fold. With the artists creating the work in a public environment, audiences at the Sumnation festival were able to experience first hand the processes involved in chainsaw sculpting.

The completed sculpture in its current location, acts as a 'sign post' to the Springvale Library.