The Chair of Fantasy and Industry – Literary Festival

Fantasy novels like Game of Thrones and The Hobbit served as inspiration for Footscray’s newest public art piece, the Reading Chair, which will be unveiled during the inaugural Maribyrnong Libraries Literary Festival.

Jos Van Hulsen – The chair’s creator

West Footscray based sculptor Jos Van Hulsen created the iron throne which will be installed on the grounds of Footscray Community Arts Centre. The chair is made up of locally sourced recycled steel and will be galvanised to protect it from the elements. Parts of railway tracks and old trains have been used in the construction of the chair to reflect the character and history of the area.

Jos said the design was influenced by fantasy fiction and Footscray’s industrial past.

“I wanted to create something organic yet out of the ordinary. I wanted to make a chair that would inspire imaginations,” said Jos. “The chair has been designed to entice people to sit and read, be swept away for a moment and to immerse themselves in someone else’s story.”

Other public installations by Jos include ‘Reverent Numbers’ on East Link and the gates of West Footscray Library.

The Reading Chair, commissioned by Maribyrnong City Council, will be unveiled at the Maribyrnong Libraries Literary Festival’s closing event at the Footscray Community Arts Centre on 9 September at 3pm.

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