"Nike" is a 25 tonne painted mild steel sculpture commissioned to honour the steel industry. The name refers to the energy and poise of Nike, the greek winged goddess of victory and also Nike, the intercontinental ballistic missile, being raised in a time lapse sequence.
The local steel industry commenced in 1927 with Charles Hoskins entering into an agreement with the state government to build a steelworks at Port Kembla, thereby commencing a long history of steel production that still continues to this day. Operations began in 1930 with one blast furnace of 800 tons capacity. In 1936, BHP acquired Australian Iron and Steel Limited and production at Port Kembla increased rapidly. The steel industry was a catalyst for growth for many decades, and laid the foundations for the city's economy, lifestyle and culture.
|Address:||Burelli Street, McCabe Park, Wollongong, 2500|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -34.426478|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Monument Designer:||Ken Unsworth|
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||1980|
The Steel Industry Sculpture
Sculptor Ken Unsworth
Presented To The People Of The City Of Wollongong By
Australian Iron & Steel Pty. Ltd.
B.M.G. Specified Concrete
British Paints Ltd.
C. R. Cavenagh & Sons Pty. Ltd.
P. B. Coleman Pty. Ltd.
Douglas Engineering Pty. Ltd.
Dowty Wolleng Pty. Ltd.
Electric Power Transmission Pty. Ltd.
Festival Commitee 1979.
Gladstonbury Steel Fabrication Pty. Ltd.
J. R. G Thens
Hamar Engineering Pty. Ltd.
M.R.I. Pty. Ltd.
Painting & Development Pty. Ltd.
Planner West & Partners (W`Gong) Pty. Ltd.
S. D. Prosser
Transfield Pty. Ltd.
Visual Arts Board of the Australia Council
The Hon. Neville K. Wran QC MP
Premier Of New South Wales
On 2nd June 1980
Alderman Frank Arkell
City of Wollongong