The artwork, ‘Windblown Leaves’ proposes that the Cairns community is a resilient one that meets all hardships with a positive outlook. It is one that overcomes natural disasters, such as cyclones, with a community spirit. The work also alludes to the fact that much of the Cairns community are ‘newcomers’ who co-exist harmoniously with the original inhabitants. The artwork features a resilient ‘new leaf’ standing erect from the windblown leaves surrounding the base. The ‘windblown leaves’ are based on abstracted forms on the local fan palm, licuala ramsayii. The erect leaf form echoes the shapes of sails and boats often seen in Trinity inlet.
This five metre high structures is made from steel with an aluminium finish and two pack auto paint.