UNIQUE TALENT: Shane Christensen creating sculptures at the Blackbutt Avocado Festival 2016
UNIQUE TALENT: Shane Christensen creating sculptures at the Blackbutt Avocado Festival 2016 Contributed

Carving to take over Blackbutt this weekend

A NEW project to make Blackbutt more attractive to rail trail visitors will take over the town this weekend.

Bloomin Beautiful Blackbutt Festival chairman Jeff Connor said south-east Queensland wood artisan Shane Christensen had been employed to sculpt artwork into the fence along the rail trail.

"He's a very creative young man who sees things in timber you and I don't see,” Mr Connor said.

"He will be carving things like lizards, snake, butterflies, maybe a head, small animals, whatever he sees in the timber.”

Mr Connors said Mr Chistensen would work eight hours each day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

"Shane will be adding a creative flair to current and future public infrastructure for the town and along the Brisbane Valley Rail Trail,” Mr Connors said.

"The aesthetics of the rail trail will be be enhanced by some creative artwork, the artwork will be culturally and locally inspired.”

Mr Connors said there could be opportunities for the public to help Mr Christensen with his work on the weekend.

"If anyone is interested please call in and watch Shane create works of art with a chainsaw, carving tools and an air brush,” he said.

"If people want to be involved just turn up and ask a question.”

Mr Connors said he was looking forward to seeing the finished work.

"It is very exciting to have some great creative projects in Blackbutt and the public art and infrastructure,” Mr Connors said.

"We hope these are the first of many future projects making Bloomin' Beautiful Blackbutt a hub of inspiration and creativity.”

Mr Connors said the artwork could increase tourism in the town.

"The rail trail itself brings 47 people per day on average through Blackbutt,” Mr Connors said.

"If we can give them another reason to travel the rail trail through Blackbutt, it will promote tourism and visitors,” he said.

"It's also the entrance to what will be the Blackbutt Avocado trail and will be the entrance to where the Memorial Hall be relocated too.

"It will enhance the tourism potential and value of our little town and it will be quite a unique feature.

"It's also to showcase what can be done with raw materials, that otherwise would have been a post and rail fence.”

The project is run by Bloomin' Beautiful Blackbutt Festival in partnership with Blackbutt Tourism and Heritage and Taromeo Rural Fire Brigade.

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