PIECE OF AC­TION

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - EMMA CHADWICK

TOWNSVILLE has turned on blue skies as artists from around Aus­tralia and the world have con­verged on The Strand for this year’s Strand Ephemera.

About 140,000 peo­ple are ex­pected to visit the Strand over the next 10 days to see the art.

The artists have cre­ated an ex­cit­ing feast for the eyes and imag­i­na­tion, with 25 artists vy­ing for the $ 10,000 Award for Artis­tic Ex­cel­lence while an­other six artists have been com­mis­sioned to show their work at the artist’s fes­ti­val.

Chil­dren can also find Franklin the crab at 10 lo­ca­tions along The Strand. Townsville artist and teacher Fiona Quin has her talk­ing story chairs on The Strand and said the cal­i­bre of the art was high this year.

“There’s some amaz­ing things, I am blown away by some of the art down here on The Strand,” she said.

“I love the night and day as­pect of the work, by night there is a lot of art­work that lights up and there is plenty to see dur­ing the day, too.

“I just love that there is that vis­ual art at night and by day.”

Strand Ephemera starts week­end. this TOWNSVILLE EYE

SOUNDS EX­CIT­ING: Anna DeVoogd and daugh­ter Bon­nie, 3, from Vic­to­ria with Christo­pher Trot­ter’s

Sonic Bay Bea­con.

By Cameron Rush­ton.

Gi­ant Pa­cific Oc­to­pus

Pic­tures: ZAK SIMMONDS

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