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.

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

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

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

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