Mating ritual gives birth to new Neerim South entrance
Baw Baw News
By William PJ Kulich // 19:31, Monday 3 June 2013
A NEW public artwork inspired by the mating rituals of the Satin Bowerbird will greet people entering Neerim South after the state government committed $350,000 for its construction.
Pictured: an artist’s impression of what the new entrance will look like. Image from the Regional Arts Victoria website.
Neerim Bower: Inspired by Birds will consist of a number of large posts curving over a road, mimicking a bowerbird’s bower at the southern end of Neerim South.
Satin Bowerbird bowers are made of grass and are decorated with blue ornaments by male birds in an attempt to attract a mate.
Developed by the Neerim District Progress Association with artists Phil Henshall, Christine Cochran and Keith Graham, the artwork is being described as an entrance to the Neerim District.
Funding for the project came from the Victorian Government’s Small Town Transformations program.
A number of community events and programs will begin off the back of the funding announcement, including competitions, student photography, plant propagation and the creation of “blue elements” to join the bower.
The Neerim Bower was one of five regional arts projects to receive funding late last month.
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