THE Natimuk community will be bursting with colour and excitement at the weekend as the town celebrates the Nati Frinj festival.
The festival is a unique regional event with the major works being created from within the town’s population of 500 people.
Among the highlights of this year’s festival will be lanterns twisted through the trees in the town’s Main Street.
Wimmera artists Mary French and Alison Eggleton have been working on the project called Tangled and Twisted in honour of a plant that grows at Mt Arapiles.
Eggleton has also curated a project called The Life of Main Street in which five artists have created installations in old shopfronts.
As part of Tangled and Twisted, the tangled dodder laurel plant will be reintroduced and people will be involved in the design and construction of an ephemeral, interactive installation.
The sculptural work will feature linear linking stems, twisting themselves around and through the centre strip cyprus, reasserting their place in this once-natural environment.
The stems will be interspersed with softer, circular lantern shapes representing clustered fruit.
French said people would be able to weave and turn their bodies as they moved through the intricate spaces created.
“The look of the installation will vary as day turns into night, the vines recede into shadow and the lantern fruits light the space,” she said.
The festival will also see the launch of Made in Natimuk, a new concept to use the Natimuk brand as a means of giving work created in the town further life, nationally and internationally.
The festival starts on Friday and runs until Sunday.