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