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The BIGGEST Bark Picture in the World @Noosa Pengari Steiner School

We had the pleasure of visiting Noosa Pengari Steiner School in Doonan to see the BIGGEST Bark Picture in the World, according to the 1985 Guiness Book of Records.

It was created by the "Art in Bark Association of Australia" and is 9ft high x 40ft long (12 metres long and 2.7 metres high). There are ten panels, each 4ft wide x 9ft high. The work depicts Kata Tjuta formally known as "The Olgas" and means 'many heads'. Kata Tjuta is sacred to the Anangu people, who have inhabited the area for more than 22,000 years. One of the Kata Tjuta elders is depicted on the right hand side of the Picture.

Approximately eighty-eight Brisbane members worked together for upwards of 61,760 hours to complete the work. It's made from the bark of Melaleuca trees (also known as paper bark).

The largest Bark Picture was previously displayed at the Ipswich Plant Expo in early 2014, and prior to that it hadn't been shown for six years.

The Art in Bark Association of Australia was struggling to find a permanent and appropriate home for the artwork, when they were approached by Noosa Pengari Steiner School to install and care for it in a loving, respectful environment.

Members of the Art in Bark Association recently visited the school to make small repairs in readiness for the picture’s unveiling in its new home this month.

Bark Pictures differ from aboriginal bark paintings. There are NO paints or additives used in the pictures and all colours are natural.

The unveiling of the Bark Picture at Noosa Pengari Steiner School and official ribbon cutting by Barbara, Joyce & Ruth from "Art in Bark Association of Australia".

The Bark Picture is housed in the beautiful school hall, also an architecural masterpiece.

Stunning stained glass windows in the hall ensure a diffused light for the Bark Picture's longevity and preservation for future students, staff, and parents to admire and enjoy.

"The Art in Bark Association was formed in June 1973 by a group of people with aims of using Melaleuca bark as a medium for Australian bark pictures. The demand for bark from Melaleuca trees creates a demand for the supply of these trees by the artists.
As an organisation, the Art in Bark Association stands for preservation of our heritage. The making of Australian bark pictures is a unique practice by members. Most of these members have Melaleuca trees planted in their own back yards. These trees shed their bark almost continuously the whole year around. Two or three layers can be collected without harm to these trees and members can obtain many permanent colours for their pictures. These colours include Grey, White, Brown, Red, Cream and Yellow. No artificial colours are used in the making of a picture."

For more information about Art in Bark Contact: Art in Bark Association of Australia Inc. 167 Pickering Street, Enoggera 4051 Phone: 3354 2055