Bot­tle tree to en­hance street

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS - Erica Mur­ree erica.mur­ree@cnbtimes.com.au

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.

PHOTO: ERICA MUR­REE

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.

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