During the devastation of the 2019 bushfires and follow-up flooding, the Scenic Rim encountered many challenges regarding the native ecosystems. Cooyinnirra in Flames is
inspired by the impact of fires on Mount Mitchell (also known as Cooyinnirra in the local Indigenous language, Ugarrapul).
During a backburn on these fires on Cooyinirra, firefighters, under guidance from National Parks, went out of their way to preserve the native wildlife- specifically a hive of native bees that were at risk of being burnt. This community effort at preservation of the local ecosystem and native fauna, was the inspiration for this design piece.
Sue Loveday is an artist who celebrates creative collaboration and the benefits it can have on individuals and communities. Sue has made installations both locally and internationally with
diverse groups of collaborators. Her work often expresses the ideas of young people and marginalised artists, providing a platform for those that can’t be heard in the mainstream.
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