News

Mosaic of migrants

MIGRANT JOURNEY: Mosaic artist Scott Harrower with the new Italian monument.
MIGRANT JOURNEY: Mosaic artist Scott Harrower with the new Italian monument.

THE contribution of the Italian community to the region was recognised in the unveiling of a new memorial mosaic on the levy wall in Spinks Park last Friday.

Mosaic artist Scott Harrower said he was given the brief of capturing the story of the early migrants leaving Italy to come to the promised land.

"I had a clear brief - it was departure, arrival, settlement and celebration of culture ... and the harshness and hardships they faced and how they formed their own settlements and became part of the community and part of Lismore," Scott said.

He said the mosaic is made up of 25,000 hand-cut pieces of Venetian smalti - a glass from Italy manufactured for mosaics.

The scene depicts a ship leaving the mother country with the Italian flag and the famous "boot", followed by an expanse of blue to represent the ocean and then a series of images depicting the denuded hills that were transformed into banana farms.

The project has been several years in the making, with a dedicated committee of Italian women steering the project.

Ellie Gava has been the driving force behind it ("driving everybody mad," she laughed) and was delighted to see it come to fruition last week.

"I wanted to recognise the Italian migrants who came to Lismore and how hard they had to work to make a life for themselves here," Ellie said.

Lismore Regional Gallery director Brett Adlington said he was pleased to be able to help facilitate the project.

"He (Scott) has done many public art projects throughout Queensland, but this is his first public art project in Lismore, where he lives and works," he said.

Mr Adlington said the project was partly funded through the council's public art fund and along with Karla Dicken's mural Dreaming of a Koala Haven on the new Woolworths building in Goonellabah, public art was flourishing in Lismore at the moment.


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

End of an era: Last opening ever at Lismore Gallery

FINAL OPENING: The current gallery building in Molesworth Street.

Last opening ever at Lismore Gallery in Molesworth St

REVEALED: A new Northern Rivers music festival in 2017

Lismore Music Festival co-directors Scott Cooper and Paul Connelly.

Mark March 10 and 11 in your calendar

Dreams and culture in them there hills...

Sophie Moeller, Lismore Echo Editor. Photo Cathy Adams / The Northern Star

Hall's stories bring local history alive through song and dance

Local Partners

Rapist's bail revoked, back behind bars

HE WAS granted bail despite raping a woman on the side of the road near Grafton, but now Alessandro Bongiorno will have to await his sentence from a prison cell

REVEALED: A new Northern Rivers music festival in 2017

Lismore Music Festival co-directors Scott Cooper and Paul Connelly.

Mark March 10 and 11 in your calendar

Local arts organisations receive funding for 2017 projects

Djurra will be NORPA's locally-developed show in its 2017 season.

Byron Bay and Lismore initiatives focus on aboriginal art

Five things to do in Lismore this week

The Nimbin event is  presented by non-profit Gold Coast-based Indonesian dance troupe Seharum Nusantara.

Dance, culture, film, art and more

Brad Pitt bids to keep custody battle private

Brad Pitt will go to court to keep his custody battle private

Sia has split from her husband

Sia has split from her husband Erik Anders Lang.

Amy Schumer thanks Barbie trolls for hateful comments

Amy Schumer is in the lead role for the new Barbie movie

Shannen Doherty's husband is suing for destroyed sex life

Shannen Doherty's husband is suing her former manager

Azealia Banks' battery case against Russell Crowe dropped

Russell Crowe will not be charged with battery

Mel Gibson named Best Director at AACTA Awards

Mel Gibson poses in the media room after winning the AACTA Award for Best Direction for Hacksaw Ridge.

HIS wartime drama Hacksaw Ridge sweeps 6th annual awards in Sydney.

INSIDE STORY: The highlights of your $150 million CBD

GRAND PLAN: The highlights of the Ipswich CBD redevelopment and where they will be located.

Work on city heart's radical transformation to begin next year

VOTE IN OUR POLL: Sand mine opponents face serious dilemma

Public meeting for the proposed sand mine at Maroochydore last week.

Coast MP calls on Minister to stop KRA proposal with stroke of a pen

Developer's grand new multi-million dollar estate

NEW ESTATE: This is the only plan revealed by the property developer's new Billabongs Estate in Agnes Water.

DEVELOPER given the go ahead for a massive estate with 149 homes.

Banks reclaim Gladstone homes as job losses bite

LONG FALL: Property experts Heron Todd say, based on key market indicators, Gladstone is still travelling to the bottom of the market, with property prices set to get cheaper.

Property valuers say Gladstone housing market hasn't hit the bottom

The million dollar property to test Mackay's market

This Victoria St building will go to auction Tuesday and investors will be watching closely to see how much it sells for.

'High profile architect designed CBD asset' goes to auction

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!