Janie Peterson is the mastermind behind the newest installation of public art at Tannum Sands Esplanade.
Janie Peterson is the mastermind behind the newest installation of public art at Tannum Sands Esplanade. Brenda Strong

Community has chance to help finish Tannum mosaic

LEAVING a permanent display of her art in the Gladstone region is a dream come true for Janie Petersen.

The newest installation at the TurtleWay in Tannum Sands is an impressive 10,000-tile mosaic.

The German-born Beecher resident's inspiration came from a holiday at Heron Island.

"It is a night scene with a turtle laying her eggs on the sand, which I was lucky enough to witness with amazement last year in November," she said.

The project has been a labour of love for Petersen, who is working tirelessly every day to complete the piece.

It will feature on 10 steps at The Esplanade.

"I am asking for help from the community to complete the last two steps," she said.

"At the next BAM markets in May I will have a stall where kids and families can participate."

The mosaic will take two weeks to set up at its intended location, expected to be mid-May.

Petersen said it had been a long-term vision to leave a lasting imprint on Gladstone.

"It is a dream come true," she said. "Gladstone is a special place to me but I won't be here forever. The mosaic will."



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