The newest creation along the Lake Illawarra art trail has been unveiled, and we are proud to say it’s the work of local artists, Coledale’s Lizzie Buckmaster Dove and Wombarra’s Robert Nancarrow.
Seven stunning five-meter tall totems now stand guard near Windang Bridge. ‘Ghost Trees for Spirit of Place’ incorporates elements of the area including weather, imagination, memory and freedom.
Liz says the pair did a lot of research into the lake and it’s history, including taking locals on a tour of the area to encourage conversation.
“The totems stand as one, reflecting strength of community,” she says. “When you look closely you can discover and interpret their unique materials, which, in turn, creates a sense of place.”
The totems have been created from a variety of forms and materials which give them an industrial, waters-edge feel.
Shellharbour Mayor Marianne Saliba says the art trail is an opportunity for creative expression, and it contributes to the appeal of the foreshore.
“Art displayed in public places offers equal access to cultural experiences that provoke thought and create conversation and points of mutual interest.”
Council has budgeted $50,000 for two more sculptures for the art trail. Expressions of interest will be called at the end of August 2016.