The Blacksmiths Tree Print Page
The tree is a memorial to the people who lost their lives in the bushfires of the 7th of February 2009 , to honour the tireless people who defended others and to stand as a symbol of regeneration for the community. The tree was unveiled to the public at a ceremony in Whittlesea in November 2013 .
The Australian Blacksmiths Association (Vic) blacksmiths undertook to forge the trunk and branches of the tree and attach each leaf. The tree is made of stainless steel and the leaves and branches are TIG welded or brazed. Leaves are made of stainless steel or copper.
The Blacksmiths Tree is an extraordinary piece of community art and has been developed as a gift to all communities impacted by the bushfires of 7th Feb 2009. In the early stages of its development the Blacksmiths Association, after discussion with other affected communities, considered that the Strathewen community would be a special location for the Tree and an offer was made and accepted by the Strathewen Community Renewal Association on behalf of the community.
|Address:||160 Chads Creek Road, Peter Avola Memorial Pavilion, Strathewen Recreation Reserve, Strathewen, 3099|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -37.533571|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||07-February-2009|
|Actual Event End Date:||07-February-2009|
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||2014|
Underneath the tree base :
I have risen from the flames
I have stretched across the earth
I am shining with your name