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The ‘Heart of Lismore’ on exhibition at Lismore TAFE

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Lismore TAFE end of year exhibition is only on for another week. Photo supplied.
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Lismore TAFE end of year exhibition is only on until Monday and is a remarkable achievement after the facilities at Lismore TAFE were destroyed during Cyclone Debbie.

‘We had two meter floods through the sculpture and painting studios as well as the Drill Hall,’ said Ceramics teacher With Park.

The students lost almost a term of teaching, having only limited access to the TAFE and work out of various other facilities including the Southern Cross University.

‘Under such difficult circumstances it is great to see how the students have come through. It was a horrendous year.’

Lismore's 'Heart' has been made from flood detritus to commemorate the height of the flood. Photo supplied.
Lismore’s ‘Heart’ has been made from flood detritus to commemorate the height of the flood. Photo supplied.

Heart of Lismore

With the flood having caused such damage art students from both Lismore and Wollongbar TAFE came together with community volunteers and decided to take the symbol of Lismore, the heart, and use the flood debris to make a collaborative heart sculpture.

Symbolising the strength of Lismore the pulsing heart they used ‘bits of detritus, crockery, broken tiles, plastics etc collected from drains and incorporated it into mosaic. The mosaic is two metres high to commemorate the height of the flood through the CBD and the TAFE itself,’ said Ruth proudly.

The exhibition is currently running at the Lismore TAFE on Conway Street. You can enjoy exploring the various spaces where students from varied fields including graphic design, sculpture, ceramics and printmaking have their work on display.

‘Students are donating the heart to the city of Lismore in memory of the floods,’ concluded Ruth.


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