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Raven Esque finishing off his sculpture that now forms the second part of the Mullumbimby Sculpture Walk. Photo Aslan Shand.

Raven Esque has been putting the finishing touches to his sculpture, the second piece on the Mullum Sculpture walk in Palm Park, in Mullumbimby.

The concept was based on reviving the local park area not only with a new incarnation of the barbecue but also by providing a place where people can revive and refresh themselves with a drink of water from the drinking fountain.

After a new barbecue was been installed near the boat ramp, the old one was earmarked for removal until local residents said they wanted it to remain and become a mosaic.

Raven has now transformed the old barbecue into a living sculpture. Using his own hand made tiles with ash glazes fired in a wood burning kiln he has created a mosaic of tiles that takes inspiration from the local riparian ecosystems and waterways. The barbecue has been refashioned so that it now has tiles that wrap around it, a drinking fountain on the side and two planter boxes that contain native plants on the top.

It has been designed so that the water that overflows from the bubbler feeds back into the planter boxes to water the native sandpaper figs, lomandra, native violet and cordyline plants, creating a self sustaining system.

The tiles themselves were inspired by the seeds and animals in the local riparian ecosystems. Raven spent many hours trekking through local waterways and mountain creeks collecting native seeds, shells of yabbies and even a rare giant panda snail. It was these elements that he used to create the moulds to make the tiles.

‘I made 52 moulds but only used about 15 to 20 of them for the final tiles,’ said Raven.

‘I started in the rainforest highlands and made my way through the riparian ecosystems right down to the coastal rainforest ecosystems collecting seeds and fragments of freshwater yabbies and beetles that decompose the rainforest leaf litter.’

Calling all local sculptors

The Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce with Creative Mullum have also announced the funding for the next sculpture for the Mullum Sculpture Walk said Suvira McDonald from Creative Mullum.

‘The  theme for the Mullumbimby Chamber of Commerce funded sculpture is “Spirit of Chincogan” and it is a commission for a permanent sculpture for the sculpture walk,’ said Suvira. 

In fact the sculpture walk has permission to install several permanent sculptures and six temporary sculptures that can be on site for up to three months. This flexibility has lead to the development of the Ingenuity Community Sculpture Festival in November.

‘It will coincide with the Mullum Music Festival,’ said Survira.

Public sculpture workshop

In preparation for the Ingenuity Community Sculpture Festival the Byron Community College will be holding a public art course in late July at a cost of only $10 for a two day workshop.

The workshop will be looking at a range of elements of public art design and installation including ‘the public art strategy, engineering standards, public safety, aesthetics’ and more, said Suvira.


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