‘The Lumper’ is a docker, one who unloads cargoes from fishing boats; and was commissioned by CBH to commemorate the Esperance Grain Terminal upgrade in September 2000.
The CBH Group is Australia’s largest co-operative and a leader in the Australian grain industry, with operations extending along the value chain from grain storage, handling, transport, marketing and processing.
The upgrade included the installation of ten 6,000 tonne steel grain storage silos that doubled the size of the terminal, providing a total storage capacity of more than 240,000 tonnes, allowing the grain to be offloaded onto ships at a rate of 2,500tph. The Esperance Grain Terminal received approximately 35 per cent of WA’s grain via road, and following the upgrade of the Esperance Terminal, a new record of 66,333 tonnes was achieved which was loaded onto the Nemea not long after project completion
This bronze sculpture was designed by Esperance based Artist and Sculptor Chris Siemer and sculpted and cast by Chris Siemer and Dan Gentle.
Chris Siemer has lived in Esperance since 1956 and has had a lifelong interest in art, graduating with a Diploma in Art and Design in 1991 from the Claremont School of Art in Perth. In 1992 Chris built a studio where he incorporated a foundry for art castings and his interest in bronze sculpting developed.
He teamed up with Dan Gentle to run the business Esperance Art Castings and has produced many public artworks in Esperance and further afield.
This is site 69 on the Esperance Arts and Culture Trail map.