Flex-Sunbird is a National Disaster Relief funded project with a very limited budget.

The aim of the project was to celebrate the resilience of the people of Townsville (and North Queensland in general), to the effects of Cyclone and Natural Disasters. The public art sculpture is comprised of three main elements, which both together and independently, symbolise the natural regeneration and re-building after a disaster occurs.

The Olive Backed Sunbird is native to the North and Townsville area. If the Olive Backed Sunbird’s nest is damaged by weather, they will often return to repair and inhabit the same nest again or rebuild close by.

Originally a mangrove dwelling species, the highly adaptable Sunbird has successfully inhabited and bred in Cultivated and Urban landscapes. The Sunbird with all its traits, lends itself as the perfect symbol of resilience.”

The Grass Blade type form represents the tumultuous local environment, with its flexibility when long, and its ability to regrow after being cut down.  This is also true of many of the people who rebuild after their homes are damaged in Natural Disaster Events.

Below the sculpture, the landscaping forms Isobaric Ring configuration and references Storm Radar Map colour schemes we are familiar with seeing on weather maps during extreme weather events.  (When the planting reaches a point where it is more established and shows the colours designed to symbolise this element, the images will be updated)

Photography By Amanda Feher, Sarah Welch and Giuseppe Vizzone.

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  • Title: Flex
  • Media: Stainless Steel and Bronze, 2170mm x 1650mm x 220mm
  • Client: Townsville City Council
  • Year: 2013

2 Responses

  1. Susan Griffin

    Amanda __ We were in Townsville last week for my Husband’s 65th Birthday [he wanted to do the nostalgia trip] __ while there we both loved the Sunbird Sculpture.
    I took numerous photos as I truly adore this artwork. After reading what lead to its creation __ it made looking at it so much more poignant.

    Have been onto your pages and glimpsed some of your other artworks __ amazing talent Indeed!

    So this is just to let you know that PEOPLE such as us as still looking and learning from your contribution ~~ and the story of the Olive Backed Sunbird is wonderful.

    Kind Regards

    PS: I am a Cairns Girl originally __ now living on 6 acres of rural bliss in Toodyay [2J] 85 kms north of Perth.

    • Hi Susan,

      Thank you so much for your wonderful feed back and comments. I’m sorry it has taken me so long to respond, I have been busy on some new private commissions.


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