A world renowned music journalist and TV presenter Ian ‘Molly’ Meldrum has lived in Richmond for decades; his house is often a public display of his interest in Egyptology and sport.
This statue will celebrate Molly’s passion for the arts and recognise his contribution to Australian music culture that has inspired generations past and present. It is proposed that the ‘life-sized’ statue of Molly will be included in Yarra Council’s Arts and Heritage Collection.
The statue will be sculpted by Louis Laumen, who trained at the Victorian College of the Arts in the 1980s and has since been commissioned by various organisations―including government bodies, churches and sporting groups―to create a large range of public sculptures, statues and memorials.
Laumen is a Melbourne-based artist who works primarily in bronze using the lost-wax process. He spends about 500 hours on each of his sculptures and has created statues and sculptures of many important figures including: Blessed Mary MacKillop; Sir Douglas and Lady Gladys Nicholls; Sir Edward ‘Weary’ Dunlop; and a suite of 10 statues for the MCG―to name only a few.
The sculpture will be cast by Meridian Sculpture Founders in Fitzroy, which is the largest and oldest bronze-casting foundry in Melbourne.
Laumen’s sculpture of Melbourne’s much-loved music legend, Molly Meldrum will be located at Wangaratta Reserve in Richmond, an appropriate site, close the Corner Hotel live music venue. There are various opportunities to site the statue in a sympathetic setting at this location, with appropriate signage and seating and to also include a mural of Molly on a nearby wall.
Council hopes to raise $110,000 for the fabrication and installation of the bronze Molly statue and the wall mural.