The Gratitude Tree will be a new public art piece and you’re invited to help create it.
Being built as part of 2020 Swan Hill Harmony Day celebrations, The Gratitude Tree will stand 2.5m tall and will carry messages of gratitude from Swan Hill region people.
Schools, community groups and individuals are now invited to host workshops and get togethers to decorate the small metal leaves with their gratitude messages.
Community members can also decorate their own leaf, or find out more about how to get involved, by attending the project launch at the Bunnings Swan Hill family night on Thursday, 5 December from 6pm until 8pm.
Colleen Johnston is one of The Gratitude Tree organisers, and encouraged people to come along.
“The Gratitude Tree gives you a chance to do your small part for this new public art piece, to express yourself regardless of age, gender, race, religion or ability,” she said.
“We felt that the theme of gratitude fitted so well with Harmony Day – being grateful opens the door to more relationships, it improves physical and mental health, and it allows us to be proud of who we are and what we have achieved as individuals and communities.”
Ms Johnston said community members had already come on board to support this year’s community art project.
“We are so fortunate that community members get behind our Harmony Day projects and event each year. Artist Michelle Hunt and local welder Corey Vallance have designed and built The Gratitude Tree, and Corey has volunteered to cut the metal leaves that will fill it,” she said.
“Please come along to the event at Bunnings on 5 December, chat to Harmony Day committee members about the project, and either decorate a leaf, or collect some to decorate at home or with your community group.”
There will be other public workshops in December and January – please like the Swan Hill Harmony Day Facebook page to get the details as they become available.
For information in the meantime, please Colleen Johnston at email@example.com or Ah-Kwi-Lan Wong at firstname.lastname@example.org, or contact them via the Swan Hill Harmony Day Facebook page.