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Slovenski Statue Signage, Yuraygir National Park

We began researching the story of Jonaas Zilinskas mid 2014 and found a wealth of information. Stories of amazing feats and inventions helped us create the Slovenski Statue signage. Jonaas was a Lithuanian born tightrope walker and he made this statue as a dedication to his maker.

Jonaas Zilinskas statue signage

Some amazing facts about Jonaas:

  • He could lift a full 44 gallon (205 litres) drum from a truck
  • In his younger years he could support the weight of three women suspended from a leather mouthpiece clenched in his powerful jaws
  • He developed a swingsaw to cut logs
  • He cut timber  in the forests wearing just his boots
  • He swung cables between the trees to practice his tightrope walking
  • One of 23 children

Jonaas Zilinskas - Slovenski Statue signage

Date: March 2015
Service: Design, write content, create graphics, determine installation location and production method, project manage production
Specs: 2 signs total. 2 signs 1000mm wide x 600mm high
Client: NPWS Grafton

Jonaas Zilinskas - Slovenski Statue

Slovenski’s Statue – Getting There

4WD recommended especially if it’s been raining.

  • Travel 43km north of Coffs Harbour and continue 6km past the Yuraygir turn off on the right
  • Turn right onto McPhillips Rd and follow this graded dirt road for approx 2km
  • Veer right onto Newfoundland Road and continue 1.7km
  • Turn left onto Yellow cutting Road
  • Further along at the 3km mark veer right staying on Yellow Cutting Road
  • Upon reaching the gate, walk across the timber bridge and to the left you will see The Keyman

 

Slovenski Statue signage

Slovenski Statue signage

Other commemorative signage

Commemorative Sign, K13 Submarine

Memorial Plaque, NPWS Blue Mountains

 

Categories:   Historical & Heritage, Interpretive Projects, Signage