The iconic Ginger Factory transforms into a joyous explosion of colour

The iconic Ginger Factory on the Sunshine Coast has been transformed into a joyous explosion of colour. Local artist Sophy Blake has created an incredible rainbow umbrella installation high above the factory’s rainforest gardens.

Aptly named the Rainbrella Project, almost 1,000 rainbow umbrellas are suspended above the lush rainforest. The rainbow path stretches for 200 metres of vivid colour, which took Ms Blake more than 100 hours to create.

Ginger Factory tourism manager, Brenda Bailey, says the installation aims to bring joy and happiness to those who journey down its colourful path.

“It goes without saying that the last two years have been difficult time for our world,” Ms Bailey says.

Sophy Blake says the artwork explores themes of new beginnings and hope.

“Historically rainbows are known as a symbol of hope; a symbol that despite the darkness, storms or tribulations of life, can appear, evoking a feeling of peace,” Ms Blake says. “With each colour signifying an expression of hope, rainbows bring the promise that the troubles of today will come to pass.”

A network of interconnected steel structures designed to last suspends the installation above the rainforest. It is a permanent display at the Ginger Factory.

The stunning display has guests craning their heads skywards . It’s also protecting visitors from the unusually wet weather across south-east Queensland recently.

Take the whole family on a day trip or just visit by yourself for an injection of bright happiness into your day. The Ginger Factory is open seven days a week from 9am to 5pm. For more information, visit the website.


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Written by Angela Sutherland

After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music.

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