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Drouin Ficifolia sculpture at Drouin Civic Park to be named at Sound Shell

The towering ficifolia sculpture at Drouin's Civic Park will be formally celebrated and its official name announced at an event held on Saturday, 20 August at the Sound Shell in Civic Park.

By news@gippsland - 15th August 2022 - Back to News

All community members are invited to join in the celebrations that will coincide with the Drouin Craft and Produce Market. Attendees are encouraged to explore the market and ample meal options from nearby cafes and restaurants prior to the event.

The sculpture being installed within the pond at Drouin's Civic Park

The sculpture being installed within the pond at Drouin's Civic Park

Event details

Community members are encourage to join, explore and celebrate at the:

  • Date: Saturday, 20 August 2022
  • Time: 12pm
  • Venue: Sound Shell, Drouin Civic Park

Taking pride of place within the pond at Drouin's Civic Park, the 300 kg sculpture was developed as part of council's $1.48 million Drouin Civic Park redevelopment project.

The sculpture represents the Corymbia Ficifolia - or red flowering gum - a local floral icon that is frequently found around Drouin and the namesake of the town's annual Ficifolia Festival.

Announcing the official name

Designed by local Gippsland artist Jo Caminiti, the sculpture employs an eclectic mix of materials including:

  • Spoons
  • Chicken wire
  • Saucepans, pipes
  • Sheets of metal

Jo used these materials to bring the distinctive ficifolia form to life. At the event, Jo will be joined by her mother, Norma Harrison, and recently retired former Cultural Development Officer Karen Whittaker-Taylor, to take part in a brief panel discussion about the inspiration and development of the sculpture.

The highly anticipated official name for the sculpture, as voted by the community via the West Gippsland Arts Centre's social media channels, will also be announced at the event.

Taking pride of place within the pond is the 300 kg towering ficifolia sculpture at the Sound Shell, Drouin Civic Park

Taking pride of place within the pond is the 300 kg towering ficifolia sculpture at the Sound Shell, Drouin Civic Park

Recognising local artist works

Mayor Cr Michael Leaney said, "It would be hard to miss this iconic Ficifolia sculpture that towers over the pond at the redeveloped Drouin Civic Park. This event will allow us to formally recognise the outstanding work of the artist and all others involved in bringing this sculpture to life and highlighting its new name moving forward. I look forward to seeing many of our community members there!" Cr Leaney said.

Pictures from Baw Baw Shire Council website.


Source: http://gippsland.com/

Published by: news@gippsland.com



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