Jaimee Wilkens, Geelong Advertiser
OCEAN Grove artist Kerrie Bedson has joined forces with American Leslie Pearson to create the lead artwork Canoe for Friday’s cultural Mountain to Mouth walk.
The biennial event will see the artwork travel 80km through Geelong, the Bellarine Peninsula and Queenscliff, from the You Yangs to the mouth of the Barwon River.
Ms Bedson said it was a great honour to be given the opportunity to create the canoe for an event that celebrated the earth, environment and the traditional owners of the land.
“It’s a fantastic opportunity to be part of an event that celebrates a lot of what I am deeply passionate about,” she said.
“Leslie and I have been corresponding for over two years working on this project and making connections about what we both like.
“We’re very excited to see it come together.”
Mountain to Mouth begins at Big Rock at the You Yangs, crossing through Geelong before arriving in the city centre for the Geelong After Dark event.
The canoe will begin its journey again at dawn Saturday, following the Barwon River through the Bellarine Peninsula hinterland. The event is expected to reach the Barwon Heads rivermouth at sunset for a closing ceremony.
Mountain to Mouth artistic director Margie Mackay praised the work of the two women for their creation of a work that fitted so perfectly with the event theme.
“The beautiful dark and edgy design of canoe, reflecting the 2018 theme of earth, will create a visceral response in the Mountain to Mouth audience,” she said.
Other commissioned art pieces will line the 80km track.