Helen Abrahams with artist Gabriele Trabucco

In one of her last acts as local Councillor, Helen Abrahams has unveiled a fascinating new piece of street art in Mollison Street, West End.

When the magnificent fig tree in Mollison Street, West End, was poisoned in 2012, Helen requested a replacement tree be planted immediately. Unfortunately, the road rules would not permit a new tree due to the proximity to driveways.

(Helen thinks we are being over regulated and certainly the needs of car drivers dominate our City.)

The alternative, according to Helen, was to create an art work instead as she believed the trunk should be sculptured and remain in the same place. But artist Gabriele Trabucco had other ideas.

He has made a steel frame and art work that shows an explosion of energy and life arising to the sky from the tree trunk. All the soft timber has been removed from the trunk and it has been carved to highlight the texture and interwoven buttresses of the tree.

Helen urges: “Do make sure you take the time to have a look at the art work.  I hope the community will come up with an appropriate name in recognition of its significance and meaning for all people in West End.

“I wish to thank Gabriele and his friends for the extra-voluntary work invested in this art work. The project was funded from The Gabba Ward LMSIF – discretionary funds that Councillors can allocate to projects.”

Well done, Helen. The new sculpture will be a fitting monument to your time as our local Councillor