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Michelangelo's David at home on Table Top?

Digitally altered image of bronze statue of the 5th Light Horse in Hervey Bay as if it was on Mount Tabletop near Toowoomba. Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 . Photo Nev Madsen / The Chronicle
Digitally altered image of bronze statue of the 5th Light Horse in Hervey Bay as if it was on Mount Tabletop near Toowoomba. Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014 . Photo Nev Madsen / The Chronicle Nev Madsen

WHAT do you think of having Michelangelo's David, Christ the Redeemer or a bronze statue similar to the 5th Light Horse that now adorns Hervey Bay, on the summit of Table Top Mountain?

That's the dream of Toowoomba man David Guscott.

He has put forward the idea to build an international sculpture park on top of the iconic mountain with access via air-conditioned cable cars from Picnic Point.

"It would create an incredible tourist attraction," he said.

He envisages a pathway that people can wander around and a dozen sculptures from various international and local artists.

Mr Guscott wants to know what people in the region think of the idea.

"Let's get a discussion happening," he said.

"I've always felt that there's nothing here for tourists, apart from the view.

"There's nothing for them to do and now that we're getting an international airport it's time to do something.

"It would put Toowoomba on the map as far as international art goes."

Arts Council Toowoomba president Jennifer Wright (Summers) said the proposal was timely given that Toowoomba Regional Council had just passed a public art policy.

"Our organisation is keen to support public art projects of significance to community and that engage the local community," she said.

"It's good that someone has ideas.

"I've seen public sculptures work really well."

She said given the site's importance, the traditional owners of the land would need to be consulted.

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