Site needed for driftwood art

A PILE of artistic driftwood is looking for a new home with a view in the Launceston area.

Hobart artist Martin Cole used the wood to create a circular structure in  Royal Park called  Sanctuary  as part of an art trail last year but it has since been stored in a Riverside yard and needs to be relocated.

Ralf Haertel,  an artist who is involved in the Streets Alive and Interweave arts groups, said yesterday he was looking for a prominent site where Cols could use the wood in another installation.

Mr Haertel said he and others collected the wood from the North and South Esk rivers and the Tamar River over a number of years.

``If someone has a site that is visible from the road and preferably on a hill, that would be great,'' Mr Haertel said.

``The site does not need to be accessible, just visible.

``In its present form it is just a pile of driftwood but it has the capacity to be something special.

``Martin Cole has been doing woodstack sculptures for a number of years.

``They settle into the landscape beautifully.''

He said driftwood installations at the Falls Festival site at Marion Bay had become part of the scenery and beautified the area.

Mr Haertel can be contacted on 0417 090 194.

Artist Ralf Haertel at Riverside with the driftwood pile looking for a new home. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

Artist Ralf Haertel at Riverside with the driftwood pile looking for a new home. Picture: PAUL SCAMBLER

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