|Amanda Whitney (totally amazing Community Development Officer) and I finally get to relax and admire our handiwork!|
For you special souls who visit the blog regularly, here is the explanation for the lack of regular postings lately.
Our mosaic wall. That's the reason. It was a big part of our lives for a while. It's finished. Can you hear the heavy, satisfied, exhausted, slightly sad sigh?
That was fun. Full on, and at times overwhelming and a bit scary, but fun. Amanda, our very dedicated Community Development Officer approached me, what seems like years ago now - oh hang on, it was in fact two years ago - with the offer of a wonderful creative opportunity. Would I be interested in creating a design for a mosaic work for our community, and acting as the local coordinator for the Banana Shire Council ? I'm so glad I said yes! Though there may have been moments in the ensuing couple of years when I seriously questioned my faith in my own capabilities, it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.
This is why:
|Theodore locals turned out in force to work on a piece of the mosaic that they'll feel forever connected to.|
|Black Cockatoos, Saratoga fish, Tawny Frogmouth Owls (totem of the Wulli Wulli people), Fitzroy Bottom Breathing Turtles and the Livistonia Palm - all locals themselves - are depicted on one side of the wall.|
After working on the mosaic (I have to add that 'work' doesn't quite feel like the right word) for 7 days on tables in the shed, we had a break for a couple of weeks, and Sandy and Dave returned, to glue the mosaic onto the wall that had been purpose built in Junction Park, one of Theodore's loveliest spots. A green, leafy, tree studded park, flanked by the Dawson River and Castle Creek; this location was the inspiration for the design.
|Bottle Trees, wheat, cotton, a water wheel, a cow and a slightly abstracted version of the water tower and town main street complete the other side.|
Sandy's inextinguishable energy carried us along, as we glued, patched, grouted, cleaned, laughed and shared endless stories. She even showed us her clever secrets to create three dimensional effects with the tiles, as well as the plates and bowls that were donated by the community.
|We loved our brass plaques acknowledging 'those who made this project possible' including the State and Federal Governments, Operation Queenslander, and the Banana Shire Council|
|These loose circular shapes on the ends represent the stacks of timber from the local sawmill, and also reference the many circular traffic islands in Theodore's main street.|
|One of our talented locals, Kelly, showed up with this amazing cake collection as we were finishing off the wall.|