Lismore's iconic lanterns in parade for refugees
ONE of Lismore's biggest cultural exports - the LightnUp Inc lanterns - will emit a welcoming glow to Brisbane's Luminous Lantern Parade and concert for refugees on Friday.
An initiative of Multicultural Queensland, the parade winds its way through South Bank parklands in a dazzling display of light before entering The Courier-Mail Piazza for a free concert filled with world music and dancing.
As with previous years, the Brisbane parade wouldn't dazzle without the help of Lismore's lantern artistry.
This year the artists at the LightnUp shed have been busy putting finishing touches to new lanterns which symbolise hope and freedom.
Over several weeks artist Brett Haydon has been working on the bi-plane lantern, commissioned by the Brisbane Airport Corporation.
Newly-created hot air balloons and flying machines will also join dozens of Lismore's whimsical lantern creatures to fill a semi-trailer bound for Brisbane.
"The plane is about freedom and making dreams come true," LightnUp director Jyllie Jackson said.
The bi-plane was inspired by the model in classic tale The Little Prince and, like the book, will be lit up in blue.
"It was built by Brett who does all of our fine work. It is so precise in measurements that given half a chance it could fly," Ms Jackson said.
"But then we would have to land it. The plane might not fare so well."
After all, the plane needs to make it safely home to the Lismore Lantern Parade in three weeks.
Ms Jackson's daughter Emily, who created the Lismore parade's iconic Dirt Girl lantern, is working on an oversized Dame Edna Everidge for the Brisbane show.
Part of an Australian icon series, Dame Edna's jowls and big hair have been captured in paper and wire.
Six of the Lismore flying machine lanterns will be on display on the concourse at the Jetstar terminal in Brisbane.
"We make sure that the Lismore Lantern Parade is branded during the (Queensland) festival," Ms Jackson said.
"There wouldn't be a Luminous Lantern Parade without us."