Welcome to pineapple country.
That’s the message that will greet visitors to Beerwah following the unveiling of a new locally designed and manufactured sign for the township of Beerwah.
The new entry sign to Beerwah was officially revealed today (Thursday 3 November).
The sign location defines the southern entrance to Beerwah, welcoming locals and visitors to the town.
Councillor Grosskreutz together with local artist Sarah Raynor fitted the final stainless steel letter on the welcome sign as part of the official opening.
The sign is made from precast concrete with a blade made from recycled ironbark timber.
The theme for the sign was the pineapple. Cr Anna Grosskreutz explained, ” Over the years that I have represented the area, the pineapple growers have always told me that they are the best pineapple growers in the world. Of course they are right and while we still have a pineapple industry we need to reflect how important the pineapple industry is and has been to the Glass House country region.”
Local artist Sarah Rayner, was on-hand to discuss the sign’s inspiration, design and construction. Commencing with the theme of the pinapple, Sarah developed various concepts for Council’s approval, consistent with the format of similar signs of the region.
Fabrication of the sign saw Sarah’s two dimensional design transformed into a three dimensional relief into concrete. The famous Glass House mountains are reflected by casting the skin segments as round rather than the botanically correct diamond shapes. The chosen design also utilises recycled hardwood to represent the regions timber industry heritage.
The sign is the second in a series of signs that will feature along Steve Irwin Way.