Sculpture rises from bushfire devastation
Gippsland residents have created a powerful symbol of their resilience through a sculpture made from scrap metal recovered from the ashes of the 2009 Gippsland bushfires.
Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley visited Traralgon yesterday with local Member for Eastern Victoria Harriet Shing to meet with local artist Jo Caminiti and community members who have been working on Scrap to Sculpture – Letting Go, a project marking the tenth anniversary of the bushfires.
Ms Caminiti worked with a clean-up crew at a friend’s property, collecting burnt relics in the wake of the Churchill bushfires, which claimed 11 lives.
Ten years on, friends and community members directly affected by the fires have contributed pieces of scrap metal reclaimed from their properties to make the sculpture, which represents their way of ‘letting go’.
“This project shows how art and creativity can bring people together and help express what can be difficult to put into words," Mr Foley said.
"It will stand as an enduring symbol of hope and regeneration."