Strathewen Bushfire memorial

Strathewen Bushfire memorial

Strathewen Bushfire memorial

After the ‘Back Saturday’ fires in 2009, the community of Strathewen wanted to honour the memories of the people who died and all that they had lost and gained in the bushfire. The community, local government and the Red Cross worked together to create a place where people could come ‘to remember and reflect’.  Arterial  Design were commissioned to support the development and render the final design. The process took many years. They wanted to understand what the losses were and how best to represent them. Individual stories from community members were sourced to create a collective voice.

Water became a central image in the design. A simple concept of four teardrops falling onto the landscape provided the physical form, from which the community of Strathewen could begin to overlay their story of the event. Each circle carries its own theme of beauty, loss, rebuilding, hope and rejuvenation.  The Japanese style of Haiku poetry was referenced,  with minimal words and no punctuation, to focus on the essence of their experience.

Location: Strathewen, Shire of Nillumbik, Victoria, Australia

Funding Body: Regional Arts Victoria – Arts Recovery Quick Response Grant

Lockyer Valley Land Art Project – Dipple Family

Lockyer Valley Land Art Project – Dipple Family

Lockyer Valley Land Art Project – Dipple Family

Author: Creative Recovery Network

Location: Dipple Family Farm – Bare Essentials, Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Queensland, Australia

Funding Body: Arts Queensland Creative Recovery Initiative and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Description: Farmers and Artists across Lockyer Valley come together to creatively explore resilience and community identity post the 2011 & 2013 Queensland floods. The Dipple family were one of the farm families who participated. This is the story of their experience.How art can bring rejuvenation and a healing to everyday people.

Lockyer Valley Land Art Project

Lockyer Valley Land Art Project

Lockyer Valley Land Art Project

Author: Creative Recovery Network

Farmers and Artists across the Locker Valley came together to creatively explore resilience and community identity post the 2011 and 2013 Queensland floods. This is the story of their experience.

 

Location: Lockyer Valley Regional Council, Queensland, Australia

Funding Body: Arts Queensland Creative Recovery Initiative and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal

Description: Farmers and Artists across Lockyer Valley coming together to creatively explore resilience and community identity post the 2011 & 2013 Queensland floods. A process of trauma and loss to survival and healing.

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