GENERATIONAL change is happening at Heywood’s Wood, Wine and Roses Festival.
Tomorrow’s festival marks 20 years of the event which continues to grow in stature, defying any whiff of staleness.
The town’s youth have been actively involved in making one of the eyecatching art exhibits come to fruition for tomorrow.
It is the type of project festival co-ordinator Ross Barclay and other community members hope will sow the seeds for the festival’s future, particularly with plans to transform the Heywood Town Green into a state-of-the-art outdoor entertainment area with linkages to the FitzroyRiverprecinct.
The brainchild of Portland-based artist Andrew Walsh, students at theHeywoodConsolidated Schooland the Heywood andDistrictSecondaryCollegehave been busy with paint and brushes transforming thousands of plastic cups firmly installed in security fence panels into images of giant eels.
While the project will not have a water feature as originally hoped, it will form part of the festival landscape on the northern bank of theFitzroyRiverand remain there for several weeks after the festival.
Consolidated school principal Daryl Harty was enthusiastic about the younger childrens role in the project.
“It gives them a sense of ownership in the festival,” he said.
Read more in Friday’s Portland Observer.