AIRPORT ART: Yamba artist Fleur Yorston with a couple of her art pieces that will be exhibited at Ballina Airport in an exhibition titled ’Paradise Found’.
AIRPORT ART: Yamba artist Fleur Yorston with a couple of her art pieces that will be exhibited at Ballina Airport in an exhibition titled ’Paradise Found’. Debrah Novak

Byron Bay Airport a gateway To Paradise

VISITORS to the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport this spring will be greeted with the spirit of aloha, thanks to Yamba artist and Island Collective owner Fleur Yorston.

She has created a mini-exhibition called Paradise Found, which will be seen by about 60,000 people expected to walk through the airport's terminal gates in the next two months.

The experienced artist said she was contacted by the Art At The Airport committee last year, and was honoured to be given the opportunity to show her work.

Each year, the committee chooses six artists from the Northern Rivers region.

"The airport has 30,000 visitors per month so it's amazing exposure for my work and also my business Island Collective," she said.

"I was quite surprised to hear from them. It's been really good to focus on my own work again after two years of building up the business."

To create her exhibition pieces - a painting, a sculptural Hawaiian lei and a decorative surfboard - Ms Yorston drew inspiration from her upbringing in multi-cultural Polynesian New Zealand and her own migration to Australia in 2010.

"The surfboard, an iconic Australian symbol becomes a metaphor for a canoe that first explorers used to cross oceans in search of new paradises," she said.

Next to the surfboard, an oversized interpretation of a lei, traditionally given as a welcome to visitors, aims to do just that.

"The painting title is called Floating Islands Towards Their Paradise and shows fluid and transparent islands floating through to something else," she said.

"I'm really excited to see these works on display."

Paradise Found will be on display at the Ballina Byron Gateway Airport from September 3 to November 4.



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