Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Sculpture unveiled

Yesterday the sculpture celebrating Unity Water's UN environment award 2015 for an environment water cleaning and wetlands regeneration project was unveiled. It was a wet drizzly day; but what better day to celebrate nature and water; and of course there was a planting of over 400 trees to further confirm the commitment to the environment.

©2016 Fiona Dempster - Barry, Ron and Jane - pretty pleased with the unveiled work
The sculpture was commissioned by Unity Water and the project was coordinated by the environment group Greenhills Fund. The sculpture is made up of two pieces : a 1.7m and 300mm square timber monolith with etched aluminium panels that symbolise water and plants; and a seat with an etched panel that reflects the role of people-community (most volunteers) in carrying out the environmental project

Before the work was unveiled it looked a little like a funeral was to take place; or a magician act.

©2016 Fiona Dempster - - Jane from Unity Water saying a few words explains the significance of the award and sculpture
©2016 Fiona Dempster - Barry explains the use of the salvaged timber and the symbolism of the etched pieces before the covers were removed
And then the magic....

©2016 Fiona Dempster - A coordinated unveiling of the sculpture
©2016 Fiona Dempster - A coordinated unveiling of the sculptural branch seat
©2016 Fiona Dempster - A coordinated unveiling of the sculptural bench seat
Though the sculpture currently sits on a grassed area eventually it will be surrounded by a backdrop of trees that were planted on the day.

©2016 Fiona Dempster - Ron of Greenhills demonstrates tree planting to the volunteers
Great to see the work in place and able to give recognition to those who won the award; and give a bit of joy and rest to those who walk the Maleny Trail. The sculpture is located about 600-700 m from the RiversideCentre end of the Maleny Walking Trail


  1. Proud to know such inspirational artists and community leaders. Congratulations on your beautiful, timeless and meaningful sculptural contribution to a world that desperately needs it.

  2. Very wonderful! Congratulations to all involved.

  3. I love your sense of humour, Barry! Don't these two pieces look wonderful in their new and permanent setting! A triumph, I'd say!


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