4 July 2023

Coen yarning circle first installation for Cape sculpture trail

| Sarah Martin
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Coen’s yarning circle is the first in a series of art installations planned across Cape communities. Photo: Cook Shire Council

A NEW yarning circle in Coen featuring imposing three-metre tall sculptures that represent the seven clan groups of the area is the first in a series of art installations planned in the Sculpting the Tropical Trail project.

The corten steel plinths were installed by Cook Shire last week, each featuring significant emblems of the local clans, as well as images of things brought by the area’s newer residents, including cars, horses and roads.

“The Sculpting the Tropical Trail project was inspired by the sculptures at the Lakeland Gateway to the Cape, with each of the communities represented at the Gateway to eventually have their own sculptures in their community,” Regional Art Services Network project officer Waratah Nicholls said.

“It’s a neutral space that belongs to everyone, under the beautiful big shady trees next to the Coen Guesthouse. People can go there and have lunch, community meetings or just hang out.”

The yarning circle will eventually feature a bush tucker garden, part of a community resilience-building project coordinated by the council’s disaster management officer.

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