In Variance to the common themes of early human habitation and European settlement, the adopted theme for Platinum addresses the Soft and Wild elements of the natural environment. Identifying specific facets of the Estuarine River community surveyed by Platinum and its residents, the Artwork celebrates the immense contribution to our lifestyle by the plant and animal populations of the Maroochy River.
Stingrays, Flathead and Soldier Crabs are artfully presented in hammered iron, stainless steel and glass, set in context with the habitat framework of Mangrove Tree and Sea Grass beds.
Landscape Architect Rob Burrell from LandGraphics developed the vision, prepared an artwork concept and an artisan’s brief and supervised the manufacture of the components. The challenge of manufacture was then taken up by specialist iron workers at Iron Range Design who created the vision in hammered steel and glass.
The artwork theme is articulated in accompanying phrases to capture and clarify the unique qualities of the river mouth environment.
WHERE MANGROVES RUN NURTURING HABITAT FOR OCEAN LIFE
EVER CHANGING TIDAL WATERS MIXING OF RIVER AND THE SEA
STINGRAYS FLY IN FLUID WATER
The artwork is located along a public right of way to the Platinum Riverfront Restaurant and leads pedestrians along a trail of images to the centerpiece attraction a 3 meter high Mural in iron and a massive 2 meter long Stingray affectionately named “Ray” the the artisan team at Ironrange Design.