Community Art Project officially opened

THREE sculptures which form part of the Community Art Project were officially unveiled at a ceremony last week.

Funded by Lotterywest, the project was part of the recovery process from the 2014 Parkerville, Stoneville, Mt Helena Bushfire. The artworks are located near the Railway Reserves Heritage Trail heads in each of the impacted suburbs.

Shire President David Lavell said the launch held on Friday 6 March was a fantastic way to acknowledge the project.

"These three artworks were created by local artist Melinda Brezmen, however they were very much born from community feedback," he said.

"Consultation with the community revealed people wanted to see metal artworks which celebrate our strong community spirit.

"The first piece in Parkerville represents the volunteers who selflessly gave up their time, the second piece in Stoneville represents the community who supported each other and the third in Mount Helena represents the regeneration of the natural environment."

Around 30 people attended the launch at Parkerville Hall. Attendees were able to view The Volunteer sculpture in Parkerville and view large photos of the other two.

"These artworks are visible from the road by walkers, riders and drivers and we have already received some fantastic feedback from the wider community about them," Cr Lavell said.

"They look particularly stunning early morning and late evening as they have been oriented so that the summer sunrise and sunset glow through the cut outs.

"These sculptures are a wonderful way to acknowledge the impact of such a devastating fire on our community and they can be viewed individually or as a series."‚Äč

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