David's art to hang in Parliament
ROSE City artist David Woodford has impressed the state with one of his artworks, which will now hang from the wall of Parliament House to celebrate 150 years.
The linocut print of Parliament house was presented to Speaker of the Queensland Parliament John Mickel, who said the artwork presentation marked two significant anniversaries.
“It is the 142nd anniversary of the Parliament’s first sitting in this Parliament House,” he said.
“It was on the fourth of August 1868 that the Parliament moved into its newly-constructed premises on the corner of George and Alice streets, overlooking the Botanic Gardens and what was then known as Queen’s Park.
“The Parliament had met for the previous eight years in the former convict barracks building in Queen Street, which was located where the Allan and Stark department store used to be, roughly opposite where the Myer Centre is today but closer towards Albert Street.”
Mr Mickel said the new artwork celebrating Queensland Parliament’s 150th anniversary year caught the essence of Parliament House as the “State’s foremost heritage building”.
Mr Woodford, who specialises in linocut works of sandstone buildings, spent hundreds of hours producing the original linocut of Parliament House.
He presented Mr Mickel with print No. 142, signifying the Parliament’s 142nd year in its current location as well as the 150 year anniversary since it first met in 1860.
Mr Mickel said it was a generous presentation of “a magnificent work befitting of a magnificent building”.
The prints are $280 each and Mr Woodford will donate $20 from each purchase to be shared by the two charities that have benefited from the Parliament’s P150 commemorative activities – the Royal Flying Doctor Service (Queensland Section) and Foodbank Queensland.