Enchanting tree brings Wildflower Show to life

HALLS GAP - Work has commenced on an enchanting, life-sized tree made of wool and other construction fibres to mark the seventy-fifth anniversary of the Grampians Wildflower Show.

Residents from around the Grampians will pitch in to create the installation, which will be displayed next to Halls Gap Centenary Hall around the time of the Wildflower Show from October 4-7.

The whimsical tree, which was designed by local artist Mary French, will feature native orange bell climbers, blue pin cushions and wattle hand-made from wool, felt, silk and other fibres.

Ms French led a workshop at Halls Gap Primary School where students made a start on the tree. Similar workshops will also be held at the Pomonal and Laharum primary schools this month.

Project coordinator Alison Bainbridge said the Wildflower Show committee wanted to involve the community in some way to celebrate 75 years.

"Craft is something that anyone can do at any age," Ms Bainbridge. said.

"It's a great way to bring people together and learn new skills. In this case, they'll be working towards one major community arts installation. It's going to be fabulous!"

Ms Bainbridge said the general public would also have a chance to be involved with the tree's creation at a workshop tomorrow any time between 10am and 4pm at Grampians Studio and Gallery on Grampians Road.

"Or, they can work on their own larger-than-life installation like a wildflower or orchid, which would also be displayed in the CBD," she said.

"The result is going to add a very special touch to this major celebration of our endemic wildflowers and orchids."

For more information about the public workshops, call Ms Bainbridge on 0417 883 445. For project updates visit Grampians Wildflower Show's Facebook page.

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