A favourite end of year tradition returns to State Library

One of our favourite end of year traditions returns; a shiny swarm of Christmas beetles has taken over State Library.

These bespoke crafted beetles were designed by former Queensland College of Art student Elishia Whitchurch, winning State Library’s season’s greetings competition back in 2006.

Made of copper, the beetles reflect the copper elements of the State Library building itself.

Since its initial display, this collection of 30 beetles has grown to over 100 sculptures.

Each are unique, of different sizes and characteristics, and currently adorn the outside of the building, and the ceiling and walls of Knowledge Walk.

Furthermore, these beetles have been immortalised on Christmas wrapping paper (sold onsite at the Library Shop) and are a favourite topic of conversation throughout State Library by visitors and staff alike.

See them before the scurry away at the end of season.

You can see the beetles for yourself up until the end of January 2023.

Christmas beetles by artist Elishia Whitchurch, created for State Library.

Christmas beetles by artist Elishia Whitchurch, created for State Library.

Located throughout Knowledge Walk at State Library.

 

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