HOLDEN fans might be mourning the loss of their beloved brand, but devotees of the iconic cars have been told there's a place to go to celebrate.
Until now, the Utes in the Paddock installation in Central NSW might have been a local secret, but the local mayor is telling all Australians that now is the perfect time to visit.
Located in Condobolin, or Condo as anyone local will tell you, the unique display is located on a 25-acre block and boasts 18 original artwork sculptures created from classic Holden utes.
This uniquely Aussie outdoor gallery already draws visitors from far and wide, but Lachlan Shire Council mayor John Medcalf hopes the demise of Holden in Australia and New Zealand will draw even more visitors.
"The Lachlan Shire is very lucky to have such an iconic tourist attraction," he said.
"I encourage all Holden enthusiasts to visit our shire and this extraordinary display."
Utes in the display include Dame Edna's Looute by Central West artist Karen Tooth, which combines three Aussie icons - the outdoor dunny, the Holden ute and the international superstar housewife from Moonee Ponds, Dame Edna Everage.
Australian musicians Jim Moginie from Midnight Oil and Stephen Coburn ex-Mental As Anything collaborated on Utezilla which transformed an FE model Holden ute into a Godzilla-style giant red kangaroo, inspired by the Midnight Oil song Redneck Wonderland.
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And it wouldn't be an Aussie exhibition without Vegemite somehow involved, hence Rob Keen's outrageously delicious piece, Go Vegemite.
Aussie bushwear and Bundy rum both get a guernsey on separate Holden ute sculptures, Drizakubra and Clancy Stops The Overflow.
And there are many more to explore, with each and every one featuring a classic Holden ute.
Condo is also the home of larrikin Aussie singer Shannon Noll and this community is also suffering amid the drought, so what better time to visit and check out Utes in the Paddock.
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