Residents rapt with Wrapt in Mugul

Residents rapt with Wrapt in Mugul

Residents are being urged to make the trip to our region’s south to feast their eyes on artistic creations that will “take your breath away”.

Wrapt in Mugul, which is on show until the end of October, is a free outdoor exhibition that provides local artists with an opportunity to showcase their works beside the natural splendour of Mugul Mountain, also known as Mount Colosseum, a sacred Indigenous site.

Curator Lee McIvor said the exhibit, which included five pieces along a 20km stretch of the Bruce Highway between Bororen and Colosseum, and an art trail at Mugul Mountain Retreat, had generated much excitement.

“The Glitter Eagles just north of Miriam Vale, with the sun shining on them in the morning or the late afternoon are simply incredible, make sure you stop to take a photo,” she said.

“Jenny Fournier’s piece, ‘It’s a mad, mad world (again)!’ is very popular with the visitors and kids of Miriam Vale.

“This piece is modelled on the surrealism movement’s depiction of exquisite corpses, whereby one can create fabulous creatures using the different body parts of animals and humans and objects.

“It can make up to 256 different creatures.”

Local Scottish artist Jennifer Hollstein created her piece ‘Gone With The Wind’, which is located four kilometres north of Miriam Vale, as an homage to former life as a professional diver, and her new life as a land-based artist.

“I used to work as a diver in marine conservation, travelling all over the world,” she said.

“But after coming to Australia in 2019, and the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, I developed a severe allergy to neoprene, which I think was my body’s way of telling me that enough was enough.

“My piece which is a sail, depicting this very nautical scene, is caught between the trees in this unfamiliar habitat, and it kind of represents my new life in the Gladstone Region.

“The ties that hold it to the trees have to be strong, as are the ties that hold me to the region, and which have made this place my home now.”

Jennifer, who volunteers at Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum, said she was delighted to be a part of Wrapt in Mugul, and hoped it was the start of a new career for her.

“Creating large scale installations has been something I have wanted to do since I was a little girl wandering the forests of Scotland,” she said.

“This whole experience has been really satisfying, and I hope local residents have really enjoyed seeing my piece as they travel along the Bruce Highway.”

Lee said even though Wrapt in Mugul was a free exhibition, residents were encouraged to book their ticket to see the art trail through the exhibition’s website.

“This is to ensure the exhibition complies with our COVID safety requirements,” she said.

“The installations along the highway can be viewed at any time, and don’t need a ticket.”

To book your ticket visit www.wraptinmugul.com.au.