The Sunshine Coast Hinterland Poetry Trail is an innovative project supported by local arts and community groups and Sunshine Coast Regional Council. It involves three poets and three sculptural artists working together to create place-making public art sculptures, with poetry as an integral element, for three diverse Sunshine Coast hinterland sites. The poems and sculpture designs are the result of intensive research with inspiration drawn from the history, heritage and environmental features of each location.
Poetry Trail Poets
Three Sunshine Coast poets – Judith Bandidt, Deanne Lister and Lyn Browne – share a vision of bringing poetry to people by making it accessible and relevant. For several years they have worked towards establishing a poetry trail on the Sunshine Coast.
Poetry Trail Sites, Poems and Artists
LITTLE YABBA CREEK PICNIC AREA, KENILWORTH
For this site on the banks of Little Yabba Creek near the Fig-Tree Walk, artist Barry Smith has designed an eye-catching sculpture featuring a large buttressed root, inspired by the rainforest nearby, to be fabricated from brushed aluminium, with poetry excerpts inscribed on the buttress sides. Poems for this site relate to the river and the forest, and how this precious environment was preserved for future generations to enjoy.
RUSSELL FAMILY PARK, MONTVILLE
Here a poetry pathway is planned with three separate panels placed in garden beds by walkways bordering the lagoons. Artist Wayne Smith will use media in an innovative way, with images and poetry themed around the indigenous heritage of the area, Montville’s early farming era, reflections on changing times and the special character of the park itself.
MALENY HERITAGE TRAIL, MALENY
Sculptor Wayne Markwort has designed three relief sculptures to be carved from sandstone boulders placed beside the Maleny Heritage Trail near historic Pattemore House. The designs were inspired by the wide sweeping hills and open skies of this setting, high on the range. Here the poetry trail poets found inspiration in the history of Fairview, the original farm on this land.
Visitors to the poetry trail sites may also listen to poems written for each site, read by the poets themselves, via smart phone. A book of hinterland poems by the poetry trail poets will be available at Information Centres, museums and businesses close to each site.
This is a grass-roots community arts project of benefit to local and extended communities, delivering a cultural legacy to the region. The project is well managed with a funding plan including funding submissions, sponsorships and donations.
Two discrete stages are complete: Concept Development (2015) and Design (2016).
Funding is needed for Stage III (2017) – art creation and fabrication by the artists, and installation of the sculptures at the sites.
Public support is a vital ingredient of making the poetry trail vision a reality.
Follow the poetry trail story here.