Thursday, April 26, 2007

BEYOND THE SMOKE

BEYOND THE SMOKE
The Beyond the Smoke book and festival were born out of a desire to recognise the courage, tenacity and resilience shown by the people affected by the Deep Lead fire of New Years Eve 2005 and the Mt Lubra fire of 2006. These fires had an enormous impact on both the communities surrounding the park and upon the Grampians National Park itself. 11 Houses were lost in the Deep Lead fire and 41 in the Mt Lubra fire as well as many outbuildings, stock and native animals.
Sadly a father and son also lost their lives and half of our beautiful Grampians National Park became a victim of the fire.













DEEP LEAD FIRE NEW YEARS EVE 2005 NEAR BUNJILS CAVE













MT LUBRA FIRE GRAMPIANS NATIONAL PARK JANUARY 2006.












MT LUBRA FIRE GRAMPIANS NATIONAL PARK JANUARY 2006
As part of the festival two local artist, Helen Leach and Graeme Brindley held community based workshops working in pastel and charcoal.











CHARCOALWORKSHOP
This is one of the drawings that I produced in Graeme Brindley's charcoal workshop. The drawing is my response to the aftermath and destruction of fire to man made objects rather than the natural environment. The blue sky shows no landscape as it as well was destroyed. The dark shadows reflect my feelings of destruction and the void left between what was and what now is. My drawing represents no specific landscape or people who suffered the fires but it could represent anywhere and all who became victim to the fires. it leaves me with a sense of loss, a need to rebuild, replant and replenish.















BUNJILS CAVE AREA AFTER THE DEEP LEAD FIRE
This photos taken 16 months after the fires and shows new signs of growth and hope.

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