Van Gogh’s Sunflower Painting in Emerald, Central Queensland

cc_03The biggest Van Gogh sunflower painting in the world is found in Morton Park, Emerald, Central Queensland, Australia. This superstructure is 25 meters high, and the painting itself measures 7 x 10 meters, sitting on a 17,000 kilogram steel easel.

The huge sunflower painting is part of a concept by artist Cameron Cross who wants to erect a total of seven gigantic Sunflower Sculptures in also seven different countries. Cross want to make seven reproductions of Van Gogh’s seven different Sunflower paintings. The Sunflower Painting in Emerald was completed on November 8, 1999, and it celebrates the role of Australia’s Central Highland, and Emerald in particular, as a major sunflower producer.

Canadian artist Cameron Cross came to the idea to erect seven Sunflower sculptures and as far as I know there were three of these gigantic reproductions realized over the years, So far Cross’ project has unveiled three sites, the first in Altona, Canada (1998), the second in Emerald, Australia (1999), and the third in Goodland, Kansas, U.S. (2001).

Future big reproductions are planned in Japan and South Africa. I don’t know how far Cross has gotten with realizing his plans, and if you know, we would appreciate if you would inform us.

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Great Keppel Island, Queensland

download-46Great Keppel Island is located just north of the Tropic of Capricorn. The stunningly beautiful island boasts 28 kilometers of the most beautiful bays and beaches. The island offers you 17 astonishing white sandy beaches where you can enjoy the best sub-tropical climate on earth. The island has very mild winters and is located far enough south to not be influenced by the tropical monsoon, and enough north to enjoy the sun.

Great Keppel Island measures nearly 1500 hectares and it truly is a sanctuary to an extensive world of native fauna that includes over one hundred species of birds such as rainbow lorikeets and kookaburras, and a wide variety of seabirds. In 1770, Captain Cook was actually the first European to visit the island, and he named the 14 islands after Royal Navy Admiral Keppel. Great Keppel Island is the largest of the islands followed by North Keppel Island.

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