Language of the Land:
Eidsvold, North Burnett QLD
2020 Winner: Best Landmark Sculpture
It is a North Burnett sculpture that forms the backbone of an immersive experience and an Australian first.
‘Language of the Land’ is a steel sculpture located within Eidsvold’s RM Williams Australian Bush Learning Centre precinct pays tribute to people who live on, or are connected to, the land. Stylised bush trails, water holes, rivers and animal tracks adorn the lower half of the five-panelled sculpture while circular motfis above represent communities, stargazing and campfire gatherings.
Once the sun goes down then a on et Lumiere show starts rolling. Created and managed by the artistic collaboration known as Illuminart, the sculpture and its nightly free show – the first in Australia to be projected onto a sculpture - is drawing tourists from across the nation. The nightly entertainment showcases local storylines about Australian bush anecdotes, antics and characters.
The judges were impressed that North Burnett Regional Council had chosen a contemporary art form that is no longer restricted by traditional sculptural concepts, saying it is ingenious to use the solid and static sections of the sculpture as the canvas for the nightly show, while the empty spaces that form patterns on each panel encourage visitors to explore the region’s fauna, landscape and land uses in a very exciting and unique way.
Equally exciting is that this sculpture is adjacent to a low-cost RV camp which boasts a large barbecue and kitchen area, toilets and an all-age adventure playground.
Where? Within the grounds of the Visit North Burnett: R M Wiiliams Australian Bush Learning Centre, on the Burnett Highway at the southern approach to Eidsvold QLD.
Best viewing times: Daytime sculpture, nightime sound and light show. So best you stay overnight right next to the sculpture within the Visitor Centre grounds.