Monday, July 28, 2014
After the fires - North Stradbroke Island
Last week I headed over to North Stradbroke Island with Helena to see how the island's flora was recovering after the New Year bushfires. The landscape feels open with sand visible across hillsides amongst the charred black of tree trunks and vibrant green of regrowth. It was good to see the Banksia, Melaleuca and eucalypt re-sprouting with new growth. Even more exciting to see were the seedlings, tiny delicate new lives covering the charred ground, almost as though someone had broadcast them. Whilst witnessing the devastation it was hard to not feel buoyed by the resilience of plants.
This map from Queensland Fire and Emergency Services shows the burn areas day by day.
I'll be developing artworks for a curated exhibition in June next year, more details a bit closer to the time.