This Saturday, Creative Mullumbimby – the people who brought you the Big Picture Show in 2014 – launch their Sculpture Walk in Palm Park from 10am. Malcolm Price, president of Creative Mullumbimby, spoke with Echonetdaily about the project.
What is the vision for the Sculpture Walk?
It started with Suvira [MacDonald] having an acute feeling about the under representation of sculpture in public places in the shire. So eight years ago Suvira identified the existing cycleway and footpath as an ideal setting for more sculpture. From there multiple conversations developed the vision. It is intended to draw together the rich vein of sculptural inspiration that exists in the region and the threads of site specificity, history and contemporary culture of the town to form a philosophy for future development. In a nutshell the combination of creating a venue for good 3D public art and telling important Mullumbimby stories.
Longer term we envisage it as part of a circuit track, story trail around the town centre connecting all the above places and hopefully linking with and including the railway corridor land.
What do you think the Sculpture Walk will add to Mullumbimby?
It shifts the balance of the town westward towards the river and creates an interesting new texture to the town that showcases the odd, eccentric nature of the local community, particularly the large artistic community. I believe it is an important new way of telling the natural and cultural stories of the town and region.
From 10am, the Chamber of Commerce will be running their pick up sticks competition and launching their new photo comp. From 10.30am the Song Dynasty choir will perform, and the Mullumbimby Scouts will demonstrate a freestanding rope bridge. Mayor Simon Richardson will be MC in Palm Park, by the Scout Hall, from 11am.