Murwillumbah Business Chamber

Art in the Park- The Sacred Littoral

 Press release: A new Public Art sculpture for Murwillumbah 

A permanent community Christmas tree for Murwillumbah is one step closer today after the several models of the new public art sculpture concept were made available at Murwillumbah and District Business Chamber business breakfast and shortly at South Murwillumbah for public consultation.

The 8 metre high public art sculpture to be located at Budd Park and is designed by local artist Stuart Cussons. The sculpture is designed to be a striking public art sculpture all year round and a Christmas tree over the Christmas period. Aligning with the Tweed Shire Council’s Economic Development Strategy,  the art work will support the agenda for Murwillumbah to be an Arts hub and create links from the town to the Tweed Regional Gallery. This will be Murwillumbah’s second public art sculpture. The sculpture will be made of steel and steel mesh and will be galvanised to make it shine.

"Cussons was given several specifications including theming it with river and the art deco style of the town.  Other specs included: being made of recycled materials; providing the space and opportunity for a new community Christmas ritual every year with the decorating of the sculpture; to be graffiti resistant and child safe; to provide panels for projections to allow for the sculpture to be more interactive with the future technologies; to shine and sparkle and contribute to the Christmas magic and to be a striking unique tourist attraction drawing people to Murwillumbah," project manager Natascha Wernick explained.

The project is a partnership between the Tweed Shire Council and the Murwillumbah District Business Chamber. Other investors are encouraged with the engineer’s fees and the footings to be biggest expenses.

The Christmas tree models will be on display in South Murwillumbah from Friday 12th August until Friday 26th of August. Murwillumbah Businesses and residents are encouraged to view and vote on their favourite model.  For more information contact natascha@murwillumbahchamber.com.au 

Art in the Park-  The Sacred Littoral
A New Public Art Sculpture for South Murwillumbah 

Location:  Budd Park
Vision:  a piece of Public Art that reflects the town’s attributes of the river and Forestry heritage that can also double as a piece of Public Art that can be decorated by the community at Christmas with Christmas themes.

Objectives :

  • To create a large multipurpose art sculpture.
  • To create a creative tourist destination that can be placed on maps and draw people to Murwillumbah CBD.
  • To create links with the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre
  • To create a new Murwillumbah community custom where, at an annual community event, possibly at the time of the Tweed River Festival,  the sculpture gets decorated, with a different theme each year, using recycled, handmade or ecofriendly decorations.
  • To create a public art work that can be lit up at night time with solar lights or digital projections.
  • To create an alternative to the huge plastic American style traditional Christmas Tree
  • To create public sculpture that is indicative of our creative, unique and vibrant community
  • To align with Tweed Shire Council Economic Development Strategy’s vision for the Creative Cauldron that “the Tweed Hinterland will become a place recognised nationally as a creative region, allowing existing creative practitioners to prosper and continue to attract new creative businesses to the region.”

    Some of the directions include:
    • Establish Murwillumbah as a centre of creativity.
    • Brand and promote Murwillumbah as a creative and cultural hub.
    • Grow a program of creative events in Murwillumbah to raise the profile and establish the town as a recognised centre of creative arts

The project is a partnership between the Tweed Shire Council and the Murwillumbah District Business Chamber. Other investors are encouraged with the engineer’s fees and the footings to be biggest expenses.

The Christmas tree models will be on display in South Murwillumbah from Friday 12th August until Friday 26th of August. Murwillumbah Businesses and residents are encouraged to view and vote on their favourite model.  For more information contact natascha@murwillumbahchamber.com.au.

 

From the artist: Stuart Cussons
 
Art in the Park - The Sacred Littoral


 
(previously known as the Artful Christmas Tree project)

In submitting proposals for the "Artful Xmas Tree" project, I felt that the prime objective should be to encourage a sense of civic inclusiveness by emphasizing some of the main features of Murwillumbah.  By combining a community Christmas tree in the shape of a stylised Hoop Pine, with the forms and movements symbolizing the Tweed River, and a strong reference to the Art Deco styles which inform the character of much of the town's architecture I feel that I have achieved works which will be both owned by the community and representative of our area to visitors.

The sculptures are designed to be constructed from galvanized steel in various sections, and would be predominantly welded together. The use of steel mesh to enclose the larger volumes will enable the community to fill or decorate the forms according to the season or purpose required.  The displayed works would be approximately 8 metres by 6 to 9 metres full size.  With minor additions, provision could also be made in these compositions for simple seat forms. 

The sculpture is titled "The Sacred Littoral" - the sacred referring to the tree and all manner of beliefs and customs pertaining thereto, and littoral referring to that region which lies along a shore and all that grows within it.

I would hope that the community might feel "ownership" of these symbols of their wonderful natural and urban environment.

Stuart Cussons

 Murwillumbah resident
www.stuartcussons.com