Berrigan better with public art

January 10, 2018

Clara Way, Robin Cobb and Maree Ryan at the mosaic.

Berrigan has welcomed two more public space art installations.

Two mosaics were recently unveiled at Hayes Park, etched into the toilet block wall.

Each mosaic represents something special in Berrigan and complements the mural that was recently painted on the external wall of the former Momalong Hotel building in Chanter St.

One of the mosaics celebrates the 100th anniversary of Lions International and the other is the ‘Better in Berrigan’ logo.

Berrigan Tidy Towns and Berrigan Lions approached council six months ago about installing the artworks.

It took Tidy Towns member Maree Ryan four months to create the ‘Better in Berrigan’ mosaic, which she says ‘‘beautifies’’ Hayes Park.

‘‘It’s good for the town. It will be admired by tourists who drive through Berrigan as many stop here at Hayes Park.

‘‘We wanted to make the toilet block and park look more pretty.

‘‘It was quite a long process to cut the tiles and the cement slab, but I was helped along the way by Robin Cobb and Clara Way.

‘‘I usually do smaller mosaic art for my home, so I’m pleased with the final product, considering the size.

‘‘Berrigan Shire was quick to install the mosaic,’’ Mrs Ryan said.

The mosaic art is part of a continuing project by Berrigan Lions at Hayes Park.

Since 1985 the Lions have installed the toilet block and the rotunda and barbecue area.

The Lions’ mosaic was created by Janice Graham.

Berrigan Lions president Kurt Bauer said it was a great mosaic to help celebrate the 100th anniversary of Lions International.

‘‘It was recommended by Lions International president Bob Corlew that each club has a centennial project that will benefit the community.

‘‘We thought a mosaic and a plaque — which is yet to be erected — with the slogan ‘Where there is a need, there is a Lion’ would be ideal.

‘‘Different clubs around the area have done their own projects, such as the cemetery toilets in Finley.

‘‘Berrigan Lions has put a lot into Hayes Park over the years and this is a great addition to the toilet block that otherwise looks pretty dull.

‘‘Janice has done a good job,’’ Mr Bauer said.

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