Clarence Mayor Ian Tiley casts his eye over artwork depicting th Clarence Valley?s heritage in red cedar.
Clarence Mayor Ian Tiley casts his eye over artwork depicting th Clarence Valley?s heritage in red cedar.

Mayor sees red (cedar) in office artwork

By RODNEY STEVENS

THE office of Clarence Valley Mayor Ian Tiley has gone arty.

A recent addition to the wall of Cr Tiley's office, a large red cedar artwork by Lennox head artist Melissa Wright depicts the Clarence River, its tributaries and the Valley's links to the timber industry.

Cr Tiley said he thought the artwork, produced on pieces of over 250-year-old red cedar, was stunning.

"The artwork depicts what was the original industry of the Clarence Valley, the Clarence river and all its tributaries," he said.

Cr Tiley said The Daily Examiner editor Peter Ellem asked for somewhere for safe keeping and he was delighted to offer his office as the semipermanent home for the artwork.

The piece is the work of Melissa Wright who said Grafton, Yamba and many of the river and creek towns of the Valley were born as a result of the magnificent red cedar tree.

The artwork based on the Australian red cedar, 'Toona Ciliata', which once grew profusely throughout the Clarence Valley is constructed of five panels, which when joined create a 1.85 metre square canvas.

Mrs Wright then coated the timber with several layers of plaster before inscribing the growth rings of the tree.

The timber was then sealed with lacquer and carefully painted and stencilled with gold leaf.



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