20ft ice dragon flies into town
Bubbles the 20ft white ice dragon has flown into Caloundra and perched herself up high in a shop window, ready for the Do You Bee-lieve? Magical Christmas Wonderland Exhibition.
The new Christmas window at 57 Bulcock Street titled “Sweet Dreams” has just been unveiled to the public and visitors are enthralled at the fine details.
Created by original doll artist Chris Boston, exhibition organiser Jule Barten said Bubbles is named for her talent of being able to “breathe a very special” cold air into snowflakes and convert them into lemonade”.
The exhibition on November 23 is nothing like the Sunshine Coast has seen before, with over 100 hand-sculpted doll characters, also made by Chris, that will be featured in the exhibition storyline.
A former Sunshine Coast resident, Chris has been creating dolls for more than 30 years. Using a combination of polymer clay, paper mache, recycled fabrics and found treasures, she has exhibited extensively over the years both nationally and internationally.
“(She) is undeniably one of Australia’s most highly regarded doll artists,” Ms Barten said.
The ladies have been working together since 2003 to create detailed fantasy scenes that allow visitors to be transported deep into their imaginations.
In keeping with the Christmas theme, Ms Barten, a visual display artist herself, said the exhibition storyline is set in Lollipop Land, a suburb of the North Pole.
The ladies are excited to present their exhibition to the residents of the coast for the very first time this Christmas.
Ms Barten said visitors are guaranteed to be spellbound by the “enchanting” display.
She added that thousands of people who have visited the exhibition each year since 2012 also use the scenery to take their annual Christmas family photos.
“Unlike many other artistic endeavours like concerts and the theatre, where photography is not allowed, here it is encouraged,” Ms Barten said.
“The only rule is that you do have to share the photos with your friends.”