Reflection Sofas on the way17 Jul. 2023
The planning phase of a special community-led project is almost complete as the next step begins on the Reflection Sofa project.
A collaboration between The Barossa Council, Seeds of Hope Suicide Prevention Network and major sponsor Black Dog Ride Australia, the sofas are a symbol of hope and will help to break down the stigma associated with suicide.
Talented locals have already started on mosaics ready to cover three benches, one destined for Angaston near the Barossa Old Rose Repository, another for Lyndoch’s Village Green and a third over the footbridge behind the Mount Pleasant Soldiers’ Memorial Hall.
All have serene views overlooking water running through nearby creeks which, according to Susan Raven from Seeds of Hope Suicide Prevention Network, adds to the sentiment behind the project.
“People can reflect and connect - that’s the message,” Susan said.
Earlier design workshops held in each town resulted in similar ideas for each sofa, with the Network’s iconic sunflower motif to be added to the back of every sofa.
“Each community has chosen a nature theme with native trees and animals,” said Susan.
Anyone keen to offer their talent to the project is invited to attend the next series of workshops led by mosaic artist, Kristin Wohlers.
Running from 1-4 pm, they will be held in Angaston on 24 July; Mount Pleasant on 26 July and Lyndoch on 27 July. Just call or SMS Susan on 0401 966 412 to register for further details.
“Even if you haven’t attended previous workshops, anyone who wants to learn and contribute to the project is welcome,” Susan added.
“If you can colour in, you can do mosaics!”
That’s exactly what Dianne Klingner has done; she’s only been creating mosaics for six weeks after joining the project to connect with others and learn a new skill.
She joins fellow Angaston resident, Leah Rosier, a mosaic artist with 23 years’ experience, who was keen to be part of the important community project.
Now they are helping to create a colourful array of native birds, animals and insects, ready to intermingle with wattles, shea oaks and eucalyptus to form a unique design for each town.
“Making this a community project was the goal from the beginning and weather permitting, we hope the Reflection Sofas will be installed in November, to coincide with International Day of Suicide Loss.”