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Unique environmental sculpture “Tree” launched by Lord Mayor

The Lord Mayor of Hobart, Damon Thomas today unveiled an amazing sculpture at the Sustainability Learning Centre at Mt Nelson.

The sculpture called “Tree”, funded through a $40,000 sponsorship from the City of Hobart forms the building’s centrepiece.

The Sustainability Learning Centre is jointly operated by Greening Australia, CSIRO and the Department of Education. It gives students opportunities to learn about the environment and science in a practical and fun way.

Greening Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, Mr Brendan Foran, said “Tree” is a fantastic addition to the Centre.

“We were looking for was a centrepiece that would engage and excite students and visitors to the centre, which it certainly does.

“So we are absolutely delighted that The City of Hobart provided the sponsorship and considerable in-kind support to make the sculpture possible.

“Tree” was created by nationally acclaimed sculptor and furniture maker, Patrick Hall.

“Patrick used locally sourced recycled timber to construct a piece that functions as seating, a talking point and interpretive display. “Tree” has special draws for creative exhibitions. We couldn’t be happier with it.

“Patrick has ingeniously used found objects as branches and leaves to stimulate conversations and thoughts about our relationship with nature and our environmental footprint” Mr Foran said.

Mr Foran added that Greening Australia focuses on large scale landscape restoration and “Tree” elegantly symbolises the interconnectedness of people and the environment.

For more information contact Richard Gerathy on 0419 203 075.

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