A Dookie paddock has been turned into art for this weekend's SheppARTon Festival.JOHN LEWIS March 7, 2014 6:31am
Dookie farmer and winegrower Richard Tallis has been at it again — turning a paddock into a giant artwork ready for this weekend’s SheppARTon Festival Dream Voices performance.
This year’s ploughed paddock or ‘‘geoglyph’’ depicts a huge sunflower measuring more than 1
Last year, Mr Tallis ploughed a giant long-necked turtle totem into the same paddock to celebrate the festival theme of Emerging Voices.
Festival artistic director John Head, in consultation with Mr Tallis and his wife Alice, designed this year’s paddock artwork.
The main body of the flower, including petals, is more than 380
The labyrinth contains more than 5
Mr Head said the flower stem represented the journey taken by a myriad of cultures to the Goulburn Valley.
He explained the thinking behind the sunflower image in a carefully-worded artistic statement.
‘‘The unfurling leaves on the sides represents life’s choices along the road to a better path and the sunflower with its spiralling central path depicts the rich rural industry surrounded in the finger-like petals of an overseeing spirit of the Indigenous custodians of the region.’’
Sunday night’s Dream Voices event involves lighting, projection, music and mobile scultpures, culminating with a choir performance telling the Indigenous story of creation conducted by Indigenous soprano Deborah Cheetham.
The performance will end with the voices of the multicultural Dream Voices choir singing the festival theme song written by Shepparton singer-songwriter Tenielle McKenzie.
The sky is the limit for Wanganui Year 12 VCAL student Leigh Polan, 18, who decided to create two posters examining birdlife around the school.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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