Recreation and art a good mix at Canoe Point

RECREATION and art are a happy mix at the recently completed Canoe Point picnic area.

Unique three-dimensional artwork has been attached to the park's eight pergolas combining environmental motifs and state of-the-art engineering.

The different motifs comprising laser cut stainless steel attached to corten, a metal which takes on the appearance of rust but without decomposition, were installed as features to the pergolas.

Calliope artist Melanie Williams said she designed each motif in line with the brief she was given to tie the artwork to the largely intact environment of the 35 hectare parcel of land.

'In my design I tried to link the pieces to the natural environment, incorporating its flora and fauna, to enhance what is already here,' Mrs Williams said.

Mrs Williams original artwork was digitally transferred to metal which was cut in Maryborough.

She was assisted by local metals fabricator Michael Fearns to assemble the pieces ready for placing on the pergolas. The council's parks and recreation manager Jeff Kidner said the artwork has been well received by visitors to the park.

He said the entire park project cost $2 million with $1 million of that being a subsidy from the state government.

Community consultation at the planning stage established such things as the retention of the integrity of the area and that barbecues be wood-fired.

The picnic area is the completion of the first stage of the greater Barney Point Redevelopment Plan largely prepared by Mt Larcom landscape architect Nick Alderson.

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