Aspirational statue celebrates CQUniversity graduates

27 April 2022

A life-size graduate statue has made a welcome addition to CQUniversity's Rockhampton Campus thanks to a donation by renowned Australian sculptor Linda Klarfeld.

The polychromed resin monument' which depicts a university graduate dressed in regalia with their testamur in hand' acts as an aspirational figure to current students and celebrates the achievements of CQUniversity alumni.

Inspired by Ms Klarfeld's own university life' the artist's proof was hand made with the intention to provide a unique photo opportunity for future graduates.

The life-sized work was generously donated by Ms Klarfeld to CQUniversity through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.

CQUniversity's Director of Strategic Engagement' Mr Chris Veraa thanked Ms Klarfeld for her generous contribution and acknowledged the statue's significance in the University's public art collection.

"As the first woman in history to receive the commission to create sculptures for the Prime Ministers Avenue' Ms Klarfeld has a reputation for creating both beautiful and powerful art pieces'" Mr Veraa said.

"We are honoured to now have our own piece of Linda Klarfeld art in the CQUniversity collection' to be admired by our students' staff' alumni' and the general public for many years to come."

The sculpture is currently on display at CQUniversity Rockhampton Campus Library (Building 10' Reading Room) and is available for public viewing.