FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN 2020
“Art in the Park” – A legacy that matters
Federal, State and Local Governments have been generous in their support of the Romsey Ecotherapy Park project.
This means that the critically important sensory gardens, water and sand play features, ephemeral (seasonal) billabong, outdoor events space and picnic facilities WILL commence construction in July 2021.
HOWEVER, the Art in the Park is NOT fully funded…….And YOUR SPECIAL HELP is urgently needed to make it happen!
Why does Art in the Park matter?
The health benefits of exposure to art are well documented. It can reduce stress and anxiety and has been observed to increase empathy, tolerance and feelings of love.
The Art in the Park concepts are all inspired by nature. They will be specifically created for the Romsey Ecotherapy Park by renowned artists to engage and soothe those who visit and consolidate Romsey Ecotherapy Park’s status as a regionally significant wellbeing and cultural resource.
Romsey Ecotherapy Park Inc will NOT achieve its vision without YOUR help.
But the timeline is tight. With construction due to commence in July 2021, the vital artwork funding needs to be secured before detailed design is finalised in February 2021. Otherwise, the risk of these unique art elements being removed from the final design IS REAL.
Will you partner with REP to realise its vision for the Art in the Park and help put the cultural jewels in Romsey Ecotherapy Park’s crown?
Your help will be appreciated and recognized:
All donations will be recognised in an online “Donation Oak Tree”
Donations over $2000 - On-site recognition
Full funding of an art element OR donations over $15,000 - On-site recognition in the vicinity of the art work nominated for support.
How to help NOW
The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) is supporting Romsey Ecotherapy Park Inc’s “Art in the Park” fundraising campaign with a partnership for tax effective fundraising through a Not-for-Profit Fundraising Account. That means you can make a tax-deductible gift to FRRR nominating that the donation supports the Romsey Ecotherapy Park project.
You can easily make a tax-deductible gift by one of the following methods:
Download a donation form: https://www.frrr.org.au/cb_pages/files/Romsey_Eco_Park_Donation_Form_July_2020.pdf
For more information about how you can make the “Art in the Park” a part of your legacy to Romsey and the Macedon Ranges Contact: Jenny Stillman Ph. 0411 700464 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Download the "Art in the Park" Fundraising Prospectus:
THE ART IN THE PARK
The Romsey Water Clock (Anton Hasell)
Gentle flowing water and a regular chime sets a person into dreams of distant, magical places like that island in the middle of the lake. The sonorous chime of the bell also tunes into the ambient soundscape of the parkland, the call of birds, and the scent of plants, awakening one to nature’s fresh vitality in this garden landscape.
Anton Hasell, the renowned sound sculptor responsible for Melbourne's Federation Bells has created a unique centerpiece concept for inclusion in the Sensory Therapeutic Space's labyrinth paved area. This Romsey Water Clock will be a draw card focus that will engage, enchant and soothe.
Fundraising target: $47,000
Portal (Brigit Heller)
Marking the entrance to the Romsey Ecotherapy Park, “Portal” will be visible from the road. The work, elegant rather than monumental, is situated near the Park’s north-west entrance. It will entice visitors as well as passers-by to explore the Park. Inspired by forms in nature, the work offers a connection between the infrastructure and the natural environment of the Park. Soft forms and warm tones will complement the historic school building's brickwork providing the work with a presence of its own. “Portal” will announce one’s entry to the special place in nature – Romsey Ecotherapy Park.
Fundraising target: $13,000
The Story Telling Chair (Richard Yates)
The power of storytelling on imagination, emotional connection, personal catharsis and general wellbeing for all ages is well documented. Imagine, then, the value of an artisan crafted wooden "storytelling chair" under the canopy of the historic oak tree in Romsey Ecotherapy Park where storytellers of all ages can tell their tales (real and make-believe) to those listening and seated on mushroom-like wooden stools!
Featuring carvings of local wildlife and books, the Romsey Ecotherapy Park’s Story Telling Chair will be a functional work of art that will add to Art in The Park’s impressive array.
Fundraising Target: $8,000
Cycles (Charlie Aquilina)
Standing at 2 m on the Sensory Therapeutic Space lawn and forged from stone, steel and copper, "Cycles" is (at one level) a depiction of the annual cycle which occurs in every garden. At another level, it represents the cycle we experience as we pass through life and engage with our surrounds. With different features on each face of the Macedon Ranges basalt stone base, copper and corten will interact with the basalt stone and oxidize over time to an orange brown and rich green patina respectively.
Fundraising target: $15,000
The Romsey Harmonic Bell Tree (Anton Hasell)
The Harmonic Bell Tree brings the healing experience of chimes (deeply felt in Asian cultures) to Romsey. Sublime experiences of gentle rippling musical sound infuse mindful connections to a place and a time. Three parabolic harmonic bells in golden bronze stand one above the other on a galvanized steel post like a strangely beautiful abstract tree. A Crimson Rosella in its bright plumage, cast in bronze at life scale, perches on the top bell, ready to take flight as the air fills with musical flair. Positioned in the middle of the Park’s Sensory Therapeutic Space, the three bells are tuned to sound the C-E-G chord when patted by hand in a humming, resonant peal. Positioned at a height that makes touching the bells available to everyone, the bells reverberate with a long and slow decay into a special silence that can attune a person’s listening intensity and sensitivity.
Fundraising target: $25,000
Spring Leaves, Gingko Tree, Silver Leaves
Kinetic wind sculptures are mesmerizing, almost meditative, pieces of art that incorporate the clever use of sculpted blades which, driven by wind, create numerous patterns. Visible from all areas of the Romsey Ecotherapy Park, Rudi Jass will create three 5 metre high sculptures to be positioned near the water and sand play areas of the Sensory Therapeutic Space. They will each be adapted to feature unique blade leaf design to reflect aspects of the Park. The 'leaves' will change with light and shade. Spring Leaves, Gingko Tree and Silver Leaves can be viewed in motion in the videos.
Fundraising target: $48,500
The Meeting Place (Glenn Romanis)
The Meeting Place low totem and stone sculpture will be site specific with a visual and tactile reference to the region. Situated at a major pathway junction between the Active Nature, Arts Culture, Woodland Ramble and Sensory Therapeutic Spaces, the low stone totems will also function as seating within engaging story-based paving and shaded by a central specimen tree.
Fundraising Target: $30,000