When you fly into Ballina these days you see this arresting design in the tea tree fields of Thursday Plantation. Created by local artist Suvira McDonald and Thursday Plantation East Coast Sculpture Show curator, Priya Woolston, this huge artwork (one kilometre long; half wide) called Pablo in the Field welcomes the airborne visitor to Ballina.
For many years I have wanted to create something really big using the dormant tea tree fields as a canvas, said Priya. With inspiration from many sources, and in collaboration with Suvira who came up with the design, we have used the annual field slashing to create a homage to Picasso, wink a greeting and announce that the 11th East Coast Sculpture Show is well and truly open.
The East Coast Sculpture Show features 63 sculptural works and is open every day from 9am-5pm till January 31 at Thursday Plantation, 1 kilometre north of Ballina on the highway.