Artistic reminder of when our country was burning

Artist Anna Jackowiak Hoare with Rachel Moore from Bonalbo Central School. Photos: Contributed

Three artists came together to create a mosaic about fire.

Bonalbo artists Vilya de Tozser, Anna Jackowiak Hoare and Kate Blunt unveiled the mosaic art this week.

Fire Mosaic sits diagonally opposite the Bonalbo pub.

In 2019, the Bangala Creek bushfire came from the west and over the southern end of Yabbra National Park.

The colours of that fire are shown in the intense reds and yellows of the mosaic.

The spot fire it sent ahead over to Haystack Mountain is also represented in the artwork.

The wider fire destroyed homes, the habitats of native animals and threatened the townships of Bonalbo, Old Bonalbo, and surrounding areas.

The circles of small radiating colours represent life.

This includes endangered birds:  the glossy black cockatoo and regent honeyeater, and more common species such as the satin bowerbird, crested shrike-tit, Eastern yellow robin, king parrot and superb blue wren.

The project was partly funded under a Resilience Grant.

Artists Anna Jackowiak Hoare and Vilya de Tozser with Sharon Tucker at the unveiling of the street artwork.

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