- Wednesday 09 December 2009
Sunshine Coast Mayor Bob Abbot unveiled the striking new public artwork, The Timber Story Mosaic, in Cooroy today.
The mosaic, displayed in the forecourt of the Lower Mill Site, tells the timber story of Cooroy from the original trees to the finished products.
Mayor Abbot commended the hard work of the many project participants and artists at the opening ceremony and celebratory lunch.
“This is a gorgeous piece of work, a beautiful tribute to our local timber industry and a wonderful addition to the Mill Site Precinct to be enjoyed by generations to come,” Mayor Abbot said.
He was joined by Divisional Councillor Lew Brennan and Community Policy and Programs Portfolio holder Councillor Jenny McKay.
Cr McKay said the collaborative effort of artists Susie Blue, Mal Butterworth, Kathy Gould and local seniors gave a contemporary approach to the project that celebrated Cooroy’s history.
“The project artists guided the group encouraging all participants to contribute ideas,” Cr McKay said.
“This open process allows for the development of new ideas and benefits community members and the artists.”
Cr Brennan has been council's representative on the Lower Mill Board, which is responsible, in partnership with council, for the development of the Lower Mill Site.
“Twelve months of research, design development, building and decorating tiles went into the mosaic and I congratulate everyone who took part in such a successful public art project,” he said.
Original railway sleeper panels were used to construct the housing for the mosaic with the help of the Green Army.
The idea to create a mosaic came from the evaluation of earlier Creative Histories projects developed by the former Creative Noosa program.