Local artist Sharon Collins has worked with the community to create a major sculptural installation that celebrates the spirit of the region, which was devastated by the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. The sculpture will be made up of a large light-box in the shape of a tree, an image that has been adopted by the community as the symbol of renewal. The tree will then be covered with resin hand-casts taken from hundreds of Flowerdale residents. Once illuminated, it will celebrate the sense of unity that has emerged following the February bushfires.
The project launched Saturday November 20 at 7.00pm at the Flowerdale Recreation Reserve, and Flowerdale residents were able to see months of community labour and support come to spectacular fruition.
For the week of the Melbourne installation, this work was displayed in the Atrium at Fed Square, where thousands of people were fascinated by it. See the program here: Flowerdale program
Sharon Collins is a Flowerdale artist who is currently responsible for the organisation and implementation of arts and culture based activities and workshops for the communities of Flowerdale, who are currently re-building after the fires of February 2009. Her work has been exhibited locally as well as the Aawunn Gallery in Canberra.