Kids encouraged to visit the Felted Forest in the Conservatory

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The City of Greater Bendigo is proud to present a special art installation called Felted Forest as part of its Children’s Art in the Conservatory program.

Through Felted Forest, Elmore Artist Mary Hoare has been commissioned by the City of Greater Bendigo to create a world of plants, frogs, bugs and other hand felted creations in the Rosalind Park Conservatory which will encourage visitors to hunt for creatures, and explore the different textures of the display.

City of Greater Bendigo Arts Officer Rohan Phillips said Felted Forest is the sixth children’s art installation to take place in the Rosalind Park Conservatory. 

“The idea behind this children’s art program is to use art to transform the Conservatory into a unique environment for imaginative play and creative inspiration. 

“Each year the popularity of the program continues to grow with last year’s Strange Garden exhibition attracting over 2,000 visitors in 11 days.

Felted Forest is free to attend and is also expected to attract a large number of visitors too,” said Mr Phillips.

Artist Mary Hoare said in planning the installation her aim was to create an environment where kids could play and interact with the Felted Forest. 

“I want them to be inspired by how the bright colours, different textures, animals and bugs interact with each other and work together,” she said.

Felted Forest will be open daily from 11am to 3pm from Friday September 25 to Sunday October 4.

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