A Thirst For Art

Monique Morcus, artist Colleen Lavender and 'Thirst'
Monique Morcus, artist Colleen Lavender and 'Thirst'

An artwork by the steel artist who designed the Scenic Rim entry statement is under consideration by Scenic Rim Regional Council to be donated and displayed in Canungra.

Monique Morcus purchased the stunning steel horse head ‘Thirst’ from artist Colleen Lavender of Colchameleon Design at the Canungra Campout in October 2019.   Colleen was supporting the cancer fundraiser event by displaying her artwork.

“I loved it as soon as I saw it,” said Monique, “This beautiful piece would represent the recent bushfires we have experienced, particularly with the evacuation of horses and livestock which I was heavily involved in, along with the drought we are experiencing.”

“I bought it with the intention of donating it to the town.”

Monique sent a request to Council just prior to Christmas to consider the permanent installation of the piece. She would ideally like it displayed near the Canungra Visitor Information Centre.

“I believe it will be an asset to our town, community and visitors to Canungra,” said Monique.

Artist Colleen Lavender said the artwork holds a special place for her.

“Every now and then I make a piece that I love in every way!  ‘Thirst’ has been one of those pieces, people are really getting the feelings I was trying to evoke,” said Colleen.

‘Thirst’ is made from recycled metals from various events and projects including the Commonwealth games, Fire on Top of Mountains Project, Arts Ablaze and Open Studios.

Monique said she understands that Council will need time to consider the request for the installation.  She is hoping for a positive response.

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