Bush Honey sculpture

Bush Honey sculpture, Amanda feher, Townsville, public art

Public Art: Bush Honey sculpture

Sculptor: © Amanda Feher

Sculptor's Website: www.amandafeher.com.au

Artist : © Susan Peters

Description: The painted galvanized steel sculpture depicts Bush Honey Grevilleas. The large balls on the ends of the stamens have been formed by used grinding balls from large scale metaliferous grinding mills. Ultukunpa (Honey grevillea) is an important and popular Aboriginal food source . The flowers produce sweet honey nectar "wild honey" which can be either eaten or mixed with water to drink in hot weather. This sculpture was in collaboration with Aboriginal Artist Susan Peters.

Date Unveiled: 2013

Funded By: The Bush Honey sculpture was funded by the Jezzine Barracks Community Trust as part of the Jezzine Barracks Redevelopment Project.

Metal Supplier: The grinding balls were donated by Simms Metal in Townsville

Location: The Bush Honey sculpture can be found at Jezzine Barracks, Townsville, Queensland, Australia.

Jezzine Barracks Redevelopment Project :

The Jezzine Barracks / Kissing Point / Garabarra precinct is a former military site and home of Traditional Owners, the Wulgurukaba people and the Bindal people.

In July 2009 the Commonwealth Government handed over the 15 hectares of the former Jezzine Barracks to the Townsville City Council to ensure that the historic site would not be sold to commercial interests, but would be preserved and appropriately developed in the public interest. 

The Jezzine Barracks Redevelopment Project commemorates both the military and Aboriginal heritage of the Jezzine Barracks, Kissing Point and Garabarra. One of the highlights of the project is the 33 specially commissioned public artworks at the Kissing Point headland. The public artworks were created by 13 Aboriginal and 11 non-Aboriginal artists from Townsville, North Queensland and Queensland, all inspired by either Aboriginal stories or military history .

Twenty of the installations are inspired by traditional Aboriginal elders stories. The stories were originally depicted in drawings produced by the Aboriginal artists, then in collaboration with installation artists were developed into public sculptures.

Eight of the works are inspired by the the military history of the site and the Kennedy Regiment.

Acknowledgements: Thank you to Amanda Feher for so kindly providing the images of your inspiring and touching work.

 

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