Garden labyrinth project raising funds through art auction

Bunbury will host it’s biggest art auction on Saturday, May 20 to raise funds for the large public garden labyrinth project.

The garden labyrinth is expected to be constructed in Queens Gardens in East Bunbury to provide a ‘place for hope’ for use by the whole community including locals and visitors.

The collaborative project has been approved by the City of Bunbury and is being designed with input by local artists and professionals.

Organisers are hoping to raise $14,000 to pay designers for complete working drawings, and will then seek donations and in-kind support from community groups and local businesses to build the labyrinth.

Spokesperson for the organising group Nari Jones said people can gain a double benefit at the auction, by acquiring a top art piece and donating to a major resource for Bunbury.

“Labyrinths exist in most societies, ancient and modern, serving valuable purposes,” she said.

“Meditation, reflection, contemplation, healing, peace, groundedness and inspiration are among the benefits of walking the labyrinth.

“Above all, hope can be created, developed and extended, and the wider community enriched.”

A huge range of over 100 original artworks have been donated for sale at the auction, including work by local artists Luciano, Castelli and Hansen and European masters Picasso, Dali and Rodin.

The artworks can be viewed on Friday, May 19 from 5.30-9pm and Saturday, May 20 from midday onwards at the South West Italian Club. Music, poetry, drinks and nibbles will be available from 5pm on Saturday, May 20 followed by the formal auction at 6.30pm.