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 SAM Foundation has received a further philanthropic contribution of $1 million towards the new Shepparton Art Museum.
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The Aboriginal and wider community is mourning the death of revered Bangerang Aboriginal elder, Uncle John ‘‘Sandy’’ Atkinson.
Two people have been arrested and thousands of dollars in drugs and property found in a major raid in Corop early Monday.
FOUR Rochester residents did more than their bit for women’s cancers mid last month when they trekked 60km around Melbourne to raise funds for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre.
Tongala Football Club lost to Rumbalara in the Murray Netball League on Saturday by 14 points.
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Berrigan Shire councillor Daryll Morris says he has been sickened by some of the vitriol and personal attacks to surface since the council’s proposal to redevelop Finley’s Memorial Hall and School of Arts site was revealed in October last year.
DESPITE criticism from within the community over a perceived lack of use, the O’Keefe Rail Trail has enjoyed good traffic over the past couple of weeks, with more to come.
Two recent council-approved planning applications for new depots as part of a new logistics and transport hub in Strathmerton will begin construction soon, with representatives from both companies inspecting the site.
School fundraises for student with leukaemia.
Fonterra suppliers are reeling after the announcement of a big cut in the milk price from $5.60/kg to $5 for the full current year.
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