Let this tem­po­rary art hang around

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - with Steve Price steve.price@townsvillebulletin.com.au

LOOK­ING at them, as with hands of love they are born, I reckon Mother Na­ture is say­ing “Mmm, I should have thought of that”. Strand Ephemera Art is com­ing to life.

Ephemera ap­par­ently means tem­po­rary art, I’m fine with that, can it be tem­po­rary for the next 50 years or so? True, the sand sculp­tures may have a fight on their grains with high tide, and the wind chimes and spi­der webs may end up in Wul­guru com­pli­ments of a cy­clone or two. But they are sim­ply so good, and the more art along our mag­nif­i­cent Strand the bet­ter.

I still be­lieve in a unique statue. We could have a David, like Florence. Be­fore the last elec­tion it would have been the David Chriso­fulli, but an elec­tion changed ev­ery­thing. Maybe the Jenny De Milo af­ter our Mayor, pos­si­bil­i­ties are end­less.

Any­way back to sen­si­ble stuff, okay, kid­ding, we have an amaz­ing show in the Rock Pool for the first three or four nights, and I don’t mean the coun­cil lads ev­ery Wed­nes­day clean­ing, though that’s a great show too ( should the Rock Pool be fresh­wa­ter?). Also this week­end, the Aus­tralian Fes­ti­val Of Cham­ber Mu­sic, The Ital­ian Fest, Run­ning Fest, Con­cert in Queens Gar­dens, Sand Art work­shops Satur­day, Star­ship En­ter­prise lands in the sports re­serve, ACDC play the band ro­tunda An­zac Park and Sotheby’s are selling the Mona Lisa in Cot­ters.

Fairdinkum, even the Pal­me­tum fruit bats will stay awake with all this go­ing on. I’ll be on air with the Ephemera artists Satur­day morn­ing from 10 and it will be fan­tas­tic, that day I’m chang­ing the ra­dio sta­tion name to ... you ready ... it’s easy ... it’s silly ... have you worked it out ... yes, 4TOFMera. • THERE’S a quiet place near the gate to our port, by the creek, and with a view of our great city. An area with a few hun­dred pavers with lo­cals names lasered into them. There for­ever. I bought one, I wish I’d bought more. Ian Fer­gu­son and his ter­rific team at QNI put the whole con­cept to­gether, and all for char­ity, it’s a mag­nif­i­cent spot to bring the fam­ily for fish and chips, or even chips and fish. Maybe, just maybe, we could do more at our 150 Birth­day next year.

The more for fam­i­lies the bet­ter, and this is a spot to re­ally en­joy, es­pe­cially if a cat­tle ship is in, lovely. Still it cer­tainly keeps the mossies away, in fact, ev­ery­thing away. I don’t mind the smell of a cat­tle truck, but how come the cat­tle ship smells like, well, ship!

Happy trop­i­cal Fri­day to­mor­row, I won­der if we’ve had our week or so of win­ter, who nose. Happy days ooroo

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