With a background in legal publishing and technical writing, I enjoy sharing slightly less formal accounts of fun things to see and do.
Queenscliff's Burning Man?
The infamous Burning Man event that attracts over 50,000 people in the northern Nevada desert, might not immediately bring to your mind images of the historic, small seaside towns of Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale. However, the original Burning Man was in fact simply the burning of a large wooden sculpture on a beach in San Francisco, at a Summer Solstice bonfire in 1986.
Lighthouse timber tribute
Queenscliff's 2019 Winter Solstice Fire Sculptures are slightly more modest in size, as will be the crowds. But they are timber art installations, which will also be set alight in a dramatic display of Solstice celebrations. The sculptures will be ignited on 22 June as part of the Queenscliff Low Light Festival, which offers a range of art, food, films, exhibitions and performances until mid-July.
Fire and Ice
The Winter Solstice Fire Sculptures are worth a look during daylight hours, and are currently on display and easy to find. They are made of timber and timber offcuts, screwed together to represent their unique location and the festival themes of juxtaposing elements Fire and Ice (No Burning Men this year it seems).
Fancier than firewood
But the main event will be setting alight the three sculptures along the Point Lonsdale/Queenscliff coastline. They are scheduled to burn in turn, which will allow people to travel between each location (approximately 5-6km in total) and view all three if desired.