'Accidental' book top word in art
IT started as an art installation but strangely enough ended in a book.
The tale of The Biggest Brush Turkey Nest in the History of the Tondoon Botanic Gardens is definitely one to read.
Officially launched on August 13 at the Tondoon Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre, the book is the handiwork of local artists and friends Rosemary Anderson and Irene Sparks.
Better known as a sculptor, Rosemary tried her hand at a new trade after writing the book to accompany her brush turkey nest installation in the visitor centre.
Approaching local artist and art teacher Irene Sparks to illustrate her work, little did the duo know that their handiwork would end up being published for the community to enjoy.
“The story is about a male brush turkey who's building a nest,” Rosemary said.
“He asks the other birds for help after realising it is too big a job and in the end it is the frill-neck lizard which comes to his rescue.
“I really didn't intend to write a book,” Rosemary said.
With the book heralding the first time Rosemary and Irene have worked together, Irene admitted to getting hooked on the project. “It was fabulous and possibly something I would consider doing again in the future,” Irene said.
Tondoon Botanic Gardens Visitor Services officer Merilyn Haigh said the book launch was a wonderful success.
Ms Haigh said the botanic gardens was very pleased to have obtained funding for this environmental education project.
She said the book was a welcome addition to the popular Lessons in the Gardens Program for schools visiting Tondoon Botanic Gardens.
“I am urging residents to take the time to have a look at this fantastic display,” she said.
Copies of the book are available at the Tondoon Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre or phone Merilyn Haigh on 4971 4443.