Farewell TransmUTE, hello Reutilise!

Published on 06 November 2019

After more than 10 years on display in George Street, the beloved TransmUTE has retired from public exhibition.The mosaic Ute was transformed in 2005 by a group of dedicated local artists and became an icon for locals and visitors alike. 

TransmUTE is headed for the new Ute museum at the Deni Ute Muster site, which is expected to be complete in late 2020. 

To replace the TransmUTE, a new “Reutilise” sculpture was commissioned under a joint project between Edward River Council and The Long Paddock.

Award-winning local artist Stuart Taylor was engaged to create a life-size Holden Ute from metal objects collected from farms in the local area. 

The new Reutilise sculpture is Stuart’s largest piece of work and highlights his signature style of repurposed scrap metal. 

Edward River Council Deputy Mayor Pat Fogarty said that while it was sad to see TransmUTE taken away, it was time for something new to be added to the area.

“The mosaic ute was created back in 2005, so the time is right for it to take on a new life in an indoor setting to enhance its longevity,” Cr Fogarty said.

“Because of this, it became apparent that Deniliquin needed a new sculpture to take its place, so we asked Stuart to create something amazing that will entice people to stop and further explore the Long Paddock touring route.”

“The new ute looks fantastic and I look forward to having it in Deniliquin for many years to come.” “It further enhances Deniliquin’s reputation as the Ute capital of the world.” 

Long Paddock Project Manager Alison McLean added, “We are looking forward to launching the ReUtilise with the community in early December.”

Reutilise is the latest addition to The Long Paddock’s iconic ARTback outdoor sculpture series, which are located across the touring route from Moama to Wilcannia