Dreams become reality as Sound Chapel work commences

Music composer Georges Lentz was in Cobar last week to sign off on the Sound Chapel construction project with Cobar Shire Council Mayor Lilliane Brady. Local builders Cynend have begun work on transforming the old Silver Tank into the Sound Chapel.

Building work to transform an old water tank into a Sound Chapel began last Wednesday.

The project’s mastermind, musical composer Georges Lentz, visited Cobar last week to sign off on the project with Cobar Shire Council and witness the start of the transformation of the Silver Tank.

Mr Lentz sees the project as “a marriage of  nature, music and architecture” and has been working with Council for a number of years to create the sound installation venue that will also incorporate a place to gaze at stars.

“The builder, Shane Martin from Cynend, is doing an amazing job,” Mr Lentz said.

“It’s been so quick, so precise.

“I’m so impressed with him.

“I really think it’s going to be a beautiful artwork.”

Construction began last Wednesday and Mr Lentz said the building work is expected to be finished in about six weeks.

He said regeneration work can then commence on the site surrounding the Sound Chapel.

Once it’s all complete, Mr Lentz hopes they will be able to have an official opening which he estimates would be “realistically in the new year”. Mr Lentz hopes the Sound Chapel will become the venue of an annual Cobar String Quartet Festival Weekend.

Cobar Shire Council Mayor Lilliane Brady joined Mr Lentz last week to sign off on the final collaboration agreement.

“It’s been a long road, but we’re there,” Cr Brady said.

“I’m very glad it’s going ahead.

“It’s been on the ‘To-Do List’ for some time and it’s now another one I can tick off,” she said.