Merimbula’s seahorse on the move again

Janice Wilson with the seahorse statue by sculptor Michael Meszaros, that her father cast in his Melbourne foundry.

Janice Wilson with the seahorse statue by sculptor Michael Meszaros, that her father cast in his Melbourne foundry.

Merimbula’s seahorse statue in the southern end of Market Street is on the move for the second time since it was installed in 1974.

Owned by Lyn Brunning, it was originally installed in the Merimbula Square arcade, an area underneath McDonalds and was later moved to the garden bed in Market Street.

Now because of the bypass works and the need to have a clear road around the new intersection it will be moved again and is expected to take up its new residence somewhere on the corner of Monaro and Market Streets.

In 1971 the partners in Merimbula Square commissioned Melbourne sculptor Michael Meszaros to create a seahorse statue for their new retail development.

Cast in bronze by the Burnell Foundry in Melbourne it is based on the local variety of seahorse as found in Merimbula Lake.

Janice Wilson daughter of the foundry owner, was in Merimbula recently to see the statue before it was moved.

Sculptor Michael Meszaros is a renowned artist and his work includes medallions, reliefs, trophies, portraits and major public commissions. His medallions attracted attention while he was still a student at the University of Melbourne.

Meszaros was only eighteen when the Hague Museum of Medals in Holland selected one of his medallions for its collection.

His numerous public sculptures include the large welded copper piece, Birds for St James Plaza, St Kilda Road, Melbourne, 1974, and a bronze portrait statue of John Pascoe Fawkner for the Melbourne City Council in Collins Street, Melbourne.