Local artist Janie Petersen with her mosaic art installation 'Moonrise', at Tannum Sands' Millennium Esplanade.
Local artist Janie Petersen with her mosaic art installation 'Moonrise', at Tannum Sands' Millennium Esplanade. Contributed

Turtle mosaic unveiled at Tannum Esplanade

ONE of nature's greatest spectacles has been immortalised at Tannum Esplanade.

Comprised of 10,000 tiles and six months of dedicated labour, artist Janie Petersen is ecstatic that her mosaic will now be enjoyed by the public.

A nightscape mosaic created by German-born Petersen is the third artwork to be unveiled as part of the Turtleway Artscape over the next decade.

"Moonrise" is a vibrant depiction of a female turtle's annual journey onto the sand dunes to lay her eggs.

The inspiration came to Petersen after she holidayed on Heron Island last year, bearing witness to one of nature's greatest spectacles.

Petersen said the artwork would be a permanent fixture to leave behind once she moved on from the region.

"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."

Gladstone Regional Council arts and culture portfolio spokesman Ren Lanzon said Mrs Petersen had done a remarkable job in transforming an ordinary flight of steps into a stunning piece of art.

"Locals and visitors really should take the time to come and admire the work," he said.



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