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University of Southern Queensland stops to smell the roses

Education blooms!

It’s a case of education blooms at the University of Southern Queensland, with new artistic floral pots positioned across the Toowoomba campus to help guide visitors through its sprawling grounds.

Manager of Environment and Grounds Mathew Langworthy made the series of metal-globed artworks while tinkering about with recycled metal and imported Italian goods.

Asked to create the project to help guide visitors onto campus from the adjacent Japanese Garden, Mr Langworthy said it was the perfect opportunity to showcase the artwork by pairing it with potted colour.

“We have a great campus and to be able to encourage the community to come and experience it through my artwork has been rewarding,” Mr Langworthy said.

“My hope is that people get inspired and that it brings as much joy to them as it has for me.”

Dubbed the ‘Rustic Art Trail’, the floral pots are located across various entries onto campus, lining garden paths and walkways into the quadrangle as part of the University’s involvement in the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie commended Mr Langworthy on the initiative, and said she was pleased to see the botanical additions complement the wonderful cafés, art galleries and gardens the Toowoomba campus already boasts.

“It really is the region’s most colourful time of year and to be able to continue to add to the Garden City’s tradition makes these floral features even more special,” Professor Mackenzie said.

“The Carnival is still being celebrated across the region until Friday, so I encourage everyone to make their way onto campus to experience all that we have to offer.”

Find out more about the University of Southern Queensland’s gardens.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Geraldine Mackenzie and Manager of Environment and Grounds Mathew Langworthy.