Andy Reimanis working on the Mt Warning panorama at Murwillumbah information centre.
Andy Reimanis working on the Mt Warning panorama at Murwillumbah information centre. John Gass

Mt Warning brought to ground level

THOSE who haven't been to the summit of Mt Warning will soon be able to see a 360 degree view of the green cauldron without leaving Murwillumbah.

The lush remains of the southern hemisphere's best persevered shield volcano are one of the Northern Rivers biggest drawcards and while the subtropical rainforests and local fauna are breathtaking in themselves, the ultimate viewing experience is from the Mt Warning summit - a 360 degree view of Australia's Green Cauldron.

Before the end of this year, a panorama painting will be completed replicating the view from the summit in a room at the Murwillumbah Visitor Information Centre.

Australia's Green Cauldron Panorama Project was the brainchild of artist Andy Reimanis, project manager of Caldera Art.

Mr Reimanis said he hoped the panorama would bring the beautiful summit view to those either unable or unwilling to make the five hour climb from the base to the summit.

"A lot of people can't get to the top of Mt Warning, or don't want to because of cultural sensitivity, so I think it'll be a knockout," Mr Reimanis said.

The project involves a lot of research with photographers making numerous climbs to the summit to document the view in great detail, before the images can be sketched onto the walls of the room and then painted by artists from Caldera Art.

Mr Reimanis estimates the project will take another six to seven months.

"It's still in its infancy at this stage," he said.

Pop into the Murwillumbah Visitor Information Centre on the corner of Tweed Valley Way and Alma St, Murwillumbah to see the work in progress.



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