The mysterious ‘brick man’ figure that appeared at the Ascot Kilns site will become part of a multi-million-dollar conservation project.

In short, despite no one knowing how it got there or who the artist is, the 2.5m statue isn’t going anywhere.

In August, the WA government committed funding to restore and conserve the Heritage listed Ascot Kilns, the largest known collection of beehive kilns remaining in Australia.

 

 

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A plaque at the statue reads ‘H L Brisbane’ – as in Sir Hugh Lancelot Brisbane, owner of the former Bristile clay company.  The site, across the road from the racecourse, had been left derelict since the factory closed in 1982.

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Brick man appeared just before Christmas, and Belmont MLA Cassie Rowe implored the government to include it in the $6 million conservation project, nodding to the fact he was already a hit on Instagram.

“Given the circumstances, the quality and the subject of the piece, the statue has already become part of the story of the historic site and this is likely to be reflected in the conservation project,” she wrote.

He probably won’t stay exactly where he is, the Southern Gazette reported that the brick man will be relocated to a warehouse during the restoration and stabilisation of the kilns.

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