‘Waiting for Rain’ finds new home in Forbes town centre

The latest addition to the Sculpture Down the Lachlan public art trail has found a green oasis in the
heart of Forbes to call home.


‘Waiting for Rain’ is now permanently located on the intersection of Rankin and Lachlan Streets
(formerly known as the Pitt Stop takeaway site). The site has been transformed into a public
greenspace in recent months.


Forbes Arts Society Chairperson, Trudy Mallick commended Forbes Shire Council for integrating the
sculpture into its plans for the site and helping to make public art more accessible.
“Due to its prominent location in town, locals and visitors now have a greater opportunity to engage
with world-class sculpture,” Trudy said.


“Art in public spaces plays an important role in regional communities. Public art provides economic,
cultural and social benefits, and improves the aesthetic and overall experience of the built civic
environment.”


Made from Corten steel and enamel paint, ‘Waiting for Rain’ represents the importance of seasonal
rainfall for farming communities. Sculptor, Jimmy Rix was compelled to create the piece following a
trip to Forbes in 2018 amidst the drought.


“On my journey from Victoria I was shocked by the extent of the drought,” Jimmy said.
“A lot of childhood memories came back to me of watching the rain clouds developing and hoping rain
would fall on our crops. When it did rain, it always brought a happy and positive energy to our
household. I made this work hoping that it would be the lucky charm to break the drought.”
The piece originally featured in Sculpture by the Sea 2019, Bondi where it was awarded the coveted
Waverley Council Mayor’s Award.


“A coincidence perhaps, but after collecting the work [from Sculpture by the Sea] it poured the entire
way home. The drought was broken. I hope it brings good luck to the Forbes community for decades
to come,” Jimmy added.

‘Waiting for Rain’ is Jimmy’s second sculpture to feature along the Sculpture Down the Lachlan trail;
‘Road Kill’ is located at the 4 Mile Reserve, and was unveiled in 2021.


The Sculpture Down the Lachlan expansion is part of the $7.2 million ‘Boosting the Lachlan Valley
Economy Art Project’ which is proudly funded by the NSW Government’s Regional Growth –
Environment and Tourism Fund, the Forbes Arts Society, Forbes Shire Council, Lachlan Shire Council
and Evolution Mining.


The ‘Boosting the Lachlan Valley Economy Art Project’ aims to foster visual arts throughout the Forbes
Shire, grow the visitor economy and promote the Lachlan Valley region as a premier tourism
destination.


For more information, visit www.sculpturedownthelachlan.com.