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Reflections of Home Sculpture

Reflections of Home is a sculpture at Lobethal Bushland Park commemorating the 2019 Cudlee Creek bushfire. It is point of reflection for the community's recovery.

Lobethal Reflections of Home Sculpture

Reflections of Home Sculpture

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Installed within Lobethal Bushland Park, 'Reflections of Home' stands as a sculptural tribute, honoring the resilience of the community in the wake of the 2019 Cudlee Creek bushfire. This artwork not only commemorates the past but also fosters a space for contemplation, serving as an integral element in the community's journey of recovery.

Nestled within Lobethal Bushland Park, the Reflections of Home Sculpture stands as a testament to resilience. The park, once deeply affected by the 2019 Cudlee Creek bushfire, holds immense value for the community it serves. Beyond Lobethal, it's a cherished haven for neighboring communities, offering solace and renewal.

At the heart of the Reflections of Home Sculpture lies the representation of the Black Cockatoo, a powerful emblem of the local fauna and ecosystem touched by the fires. This sculpture underscores the profound connection residents and visitors share with the hills' environment, emphasizing its significance in their lives.

Moreover, the Black Cockatoo embodies the spirit of unity that emerged in the aftermath of the fires. Like a cohesive flock, the community rallied together, lending support to one another. The sculpture captures this essence with the Black Cockatoo's dynamic posture, an upward-reaching movement reminiscent of a phoenix's rebirth. This symbolic stance signifies the remarkable strength that prevails, even in the face of vulnerability.

Crafted by the talented artists Jerome Lyons and Bec Stevens from the Cheese Factory Studio Gallery in Meadows, located in the Adelaide Hills, the Reflections of Home Sculpture carries their creative touch. Selected through a meticulous process involving a panel of dedicated community members and staff, these artists have been engaged with the project since its inception.

More about the sculpture

The craftsmanship behind the Reflections of Home sculpture belongs to the Cheese Factory Studio Gallery in Meadows within the Adelaide Hills. Artists Jerome Lyons and Bec Stevens from the Cheese Factory Studio Gallery were carefully chosen by a panel comprised of dedicated community members and staff, whose involvement dates back to the project's inception.

Nestled within the Lobethal Bushland Park, the sculpture resonates deeply. This park was profoundly affected by the bushfire and stands as a cherished haven for the entire community. Its significance extends beyond Lobethal, embracing neighboring communities as well.

The park's resurgence holds a symbolic narrative of recovery and renewal. This story is echoed by the dedicated Friends of Lobethal Bushland Park group, whose commitment to bush care embodies the spirit of rejuvenation.

Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Local Economic Recovery program, State Emergency Relief Fund, and Adelaide Hills Council, the park's revitalization is encapsulated in the newly established playground. Amidst this landscape, the sculpture's presence not only creates a space for introspection but also serves as a channel for acknowledgment.

The initiative started from a community member in Mt Torrens who sought recognition for the community's journey. This member approached the community recovery officer, laying the foundation for a public space where reflection could take root.

An artist was brought on board to engage with Cudlee Creek fire-affected community members and groups, forming the themes to be encapsulated within the sculpture. A core community group continued to contribute, reviewing progress and shortlisting artists to create initial concept drawings. The chosen artist advanced to refine the design, ultimately leading to the sculpture's creation and installation.

Remembering the bushfire and its impact carries a deep resonance in the community's recovery. Acknowledgment of challenges, losses, efforts, and experiences is pivotal. This process facilitates learning, reflection, and the appreciation of progress. Acknowledgment acts as a touchstone, providing validation, comfort, and a sense of unity in shared experiences.

Disasters evoke a spectrum of emotions including grief, anger, gratitude, relief, and newfound purpose. This public artwork respects the diverse range of experiences, paying tribute to the community's strength and ongoing journey.

Project timeline overview

  • In early 2020, Sascha Ferguson, a Mt Torrens resident, initiated contact with the Community Recovery Officer for the Cudlee Creek bushfire. Recognizing the potential for public art to commemorate the bushfire experience, Sascha aimed to acknowledge the community's losses and emphasize their importance.
  • Over several months, Sascha and Miranda Hampton (CRO) collaborated to shape the idea, seeking input from the community recovery reference group, Lynne Griffiths (arts and cultural development officer), and other community members.
  • A consultative process was designed, involving workshops to gather community feedback on the sculpture's representation. Direct consultations with community groups further refined the concept.
  • A core working group collaborated to develop an artist brief and selected a handful of artists for initial concept commissions.
  • A panel composed of community members and council staff chose a concept for stage two – refining the idea and producing technical drawings for Development Approval.
  • The project advanced to stage 3, partnering with Adelaide Hills artist "The Cheese Factory" for creation and installation.
  • Multiple installation sites were considered and discussed with the community, with Lobethal Bushland Park chosen due to its regional significance and regrowth following the bushfire.
  • The Friends of Lobethal Bushland Park were consulted before confirming the park as the ultimate location.
  • Community engagement was further integrated, with a sealed capsule designed within the sculpture to hold envelopes containing reflections, poetry, or symbolic items.
  • Birds emerged as a recurring motif in the community's recovery journey, exemplified by the "Flocking Together" exhibition featuring art from 400 primary school students.
  • The Black Cockatoo in the Reflections of Home sculpture symbolizes local wildlife impacted by the fires and the community's resilience. Its posture suggests upward movement, akin to a phoenix, embodying the community's strength amid vulnerability.
  • Funding hails from the Commonwealth and South Australian Governments under disaster recovery arrangements, bolstered by support from Adelaide Hills Council resilience staff, funded by Country SA PHN and the Commonwealth government, and Adelaide Hills Council.

Capsule lid poem

Featured on the capsule lid of the sculpture is the poem 'Happiness' by Dave Chapple:

Happiness

And now that I have survived till sunset
I take to the back porch, or to the hill on the island
To my 360-degree view
Happiness lands
My art, my practice my sewing by hand
For the child that approaches
Tugs away on my skirt
A retreat to the time before I was hurt.

Happiness has been past or present but somehow
It approaches in the now
Like the time I was safe in the blue pool
My church, my salvation, my revelation
Something so much bigger than me
The chaos of family.

The delight of the starry night.
The new form of each dawn.
A connection to the earth.
And that is my happiness for what it is worth.

— Dave Chapple - Fabrik 7 August 2021

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