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A vulnerable species, artistically captured in all its glory, is set to catch the eye of passers-by at a colourful new public artwork space.

Work on the final stage of the Rufous Street Precinct at Peregian Beach will commence shortly, with a new public artwork taking shape in front of the Peregian Beach Community House.

A selection committee chose local artist Tia Carrigan, of This Bird Florist and Creative Studio, with her proposal, titled Grounded.

Artist Tia Carrigan and Noosa Council arts and culture manager Paul Brinkman on site.

Grounded draws inspiration from the vulnerable species, the eastern ground parrot: a secretive ground-dwelling bird seldom seen.

“I’m so grateful to be managing this project and bringing to life my ideas for a colourful and interactive ground mural in the Peregian community,” Ms Carrigan said.

The ground parrot’s stretch of habitat along the east coast includes the Peregian Beach area.

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“This is a fantastic artwork that the selection committee has chosen,” Noosa Council arts and culture manager Paul Brinkman said.

“As an interactive and engaging piece that reflects the fauna and flora of the area, it will do so much for the space.”

The new public artwork, in the greenspace in front of the Peregian Beach Community House, will complement the sculpted gardens, play area, footpaths and an open grassed community space.

A closer look at the artist’s impression of the Grounded artwork.

Ms Carrigan’s proposal was selected following an extensive call for submissions to produce an artwork for the Rufous Street Precinct.

Work on the artwork will commence shortly, rounding out this stage of the precinct, which is home to the Peregian Digital Hub, new Peregian Beach Community House and 4000sqm greenspace.

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