A garden display with a difference at gallery

October 5, 2022 BY

Naracoorte’s latest public art work, brightly coloured bottle top trees, has been installed in the garden of the Art Gallery.

The attractive stylised tree tops are on three big gum tree branches placed in new lawn outside the gallery and Wild Game Wine on Riverside Drive.

Art Gallery members and friends collected bottle tops for the project and there was a huge response. A school holiday workshop saw local children stick the bottle tops and buttons onto cement board sheets which had been cut out and painted by Gallery volunteer Mike Rawlinson.

The art work was the concept of former gallery board member Robyn Schinckel who provided the tree trunks and she and husband Simon installed the work.

The lids used are multi-coloured and the trees are stylised. They are installed in front of metal panels, also the work of Schinckel Engineering and donated by them. The panels with interesting cut out patterns will provide shade for the windows. This all sits on new lawn which has been established with a new watering system.

The bottle top trees feature now complements the Rising Ibis fountain near the gallery’s front door.

The fountain has a new recycling rainwater system which allows the water to tumble over the statue without leaving mineral A garden display with a difference at gallery deposits as previously from the bore water.

The Ibis fountain and statue was unveiled in 2005 and was created in bronze by Melbourne sculptor and potter Heather Ellis