Fire, the natural environment, collaboration and many creative people

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In December 2015, a fire swept through Narmbool, the property owned by Sovereign Hill, where we have held our Young Rural Leaders program since 2013.

Former camp participants wanted to do something to help.  Due to various post-fire regulations, we were not able to physically help with the clean-up, but we decided to create an artwork to show our concern. The January 2016 camp was relocated to Sovereign Hill and alumna, Jessie Newton, pitched three different ideas to the group and the collage idea was chosen. 

The underlying design is the topographical map of Narmbool and Jessie drew the lines on a large piece of ply. Since then, most camps have included a time for working on the collage so many hands have gone to make the final image.  The very special part of this collaborative project is that it is made of materials mostly found at Narmbool and that literally dozens of people have contributed to it, over five years, without ever having a final image in mind, or a single person overseeing the creation.

We love the final piece and look forward to presenting it to the Narmbool team in 2021.

Thanks to everyone who has contributed to this unique piece.