Bottle tree to enhance street
ANOTHER piece of art will be in place for the upcoming Biggenden Apex Rose Festival on Saturday, October 20.
Funded through a RADF grant, Craig Nelson, who also made the Biggenden Rose, has spent 1600 hours on another magnificent piece, a bottle tree.
Its final resting place will be in the vicinity of the entrance to the RV Park in Edward St.
Mr Nelson said his biggest hassle was the weather
“The mongrel wind was relentless,” he said.
“Anyone who welds can relate to this.”
The structure is made up of at least one kilometre of five millimetre cut steel.
Mr Nelson said the most intense part of the project was bending the leaves into shape.
“Firstly I made a prototype of the leaf and then Bluestream in Bundaberg cut them out with a plazma cutter,” he said.
“There are 1440 leaves that make up the 84 branches.”
Mr Nelson said he got the idea of the bark finish while working on another project.
“I checked it out against a bottle tree in Rollinson Park and they virtually matched,” he said.
BRANCHING OUT: Another sculpture, a bottle tree made by Craig Nelson, will be unveiled as part of the Biggenden Apex Rose Festival activities on Saturday, October 20.