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Paradise Garden II - Tribute to John Coburn
In 2006, with John Coburn and his wife Doreen's consent and support JCU adapted three of John's iconic designs for mosaic works. Paradise Garden was installed as a gift to the newly completed Tyto Wetland's Information Centre, Ingham. This tropical town and nearby Halifax in North Queensland were John Coburn's birthplace and childhood home. The official hand over of the work was held at James Cook University, N.Q. on November 6th. Tragically, John, who was in Sydney, passed away just 2 days before our celebratory event. Many of his family who still live in Ingham, along with a bus full of locals including the Mayor Pino Giadomenico, travelled to be with us at JCU and to pay tribute to our iconic Australian artist, Dr. John Coburn. Doreen sent a message by phone to shared with the gathering ...
To Dr. Linda Ashton James Cook University
On behalf of John I would like to extend to you all my heartfelt thanks for the wonderful tribute you have organized to honour him. It is just so sad that he passed away just before the works were put up in their new sites. He did see all the wonderful progress pictures sent you to us. We received the T-shirts too thank you and I will give his to one of his grand daughters with your permission. The mosaic works are truly beautiful and they interpret John's 3 pieces so well. They are a credit to you and your students I am so glad that they will be there in North Queensland for his family and friends to see regularly. To all of the Ingham family members my love and best wishes and thank you for attending the James Cook University tribute night for John. His funeral is tomorrow so I am sorry this message may not be quite what I’d like it to be. I had recorded a different one last week for Linda to play to you on her mobile phone but then everything changed. The Sydney Morning herald has the most wonderful tribute article by his friend John McDonald and I would hope you can all read it and remember John, the man, fondly. I know how much you all love his art works and now they will be his lasting legacy. I am so proud of him and I know he was very humbled by the tribute works you have produced. To the student artists and to Dr. Linda Ashton thank you. I hope one day I can travel to see the pieces myself.
Doreen Coburn October 6th 2006
Paradise Garden II 2006
The original Paradise garden is a textile work designed by John Coburn. It has the iconic amorphous plant/bird/human shapes in a vibrant tropical surround. These features were incorporated into the very much more rectangular dimensions of the Tyto Centre's reception counter.
Geoff Coburn admires the tribute work inspired by his brother John's work.
At James Cook Uni the Coburn Triute works were displayed at our annual art exhibition. The entrance to the exhibition had a colourful tropical array of plants which John Coburn would have loved. We also had a large card for guests to sign and this was sent on to Mrs Doreen Coburn in Sydney.
The Tyto Wetlands Visitor Information Centre
Paradise Garden was painted by John Coburn in the late 60s. It was inspired by his mother's tropical garden in their home town of Halifax in North Queensland. The new Tyto Wetlands Centre, named after the local tyto owl, has a tourist info building, and a bird walk. The contemporary owl-like structure is situated at the entrance to Ingham which is only a few kilometers from Halifax. The JCU mosaic tribute to Coburn, Paradise Garden II was designed for the centre's reception desk. When the building was officially opened early in 2007, the Mayor of Ingham Pino Giadomenico received the work from JCU on behalf of the local community. Coburn's family members, who still live in the region, attended and his brother and sister-in law are pictured admiring the work.