Thirty eight sculptures will adorn the beach this year, created by both emerging and established artists using repurposed materials. Works in the exhibition this year range from large scale to small, and from literal interpretations, to poetic and fun.
Mayor Barry Sammels said this year’s Castaways Sculpture Awards offered yet another wonderful opportunity to bring the foreshore alive with sculptures, while also highlighting the importance of recycling and environmental awareness.
“The event highlights the City’s strong commitment to recycling and its growing reputation as a centre of cultural activity,” Mayor Sammels said.
Aluminium, one of the world’s most recyclable materials, has been cleverly reinterpreted by artists at the Castaways Sculpture Awards this year, with a huge four-metre aluminium can, made from hundreds of aluminium cans, cleverly concealing a printmaking studio. In another work, strings of aluminium cans reveal a lullaby, with the letters painstakingly hole-punched into the cans which are lit in the evenings with LED lights.
Often poetic and thought-provoking, Castaways works are fun too. Expect to see the brightly coloured Recycling School, with a wise owl teacher and ‘student’ fish created from discarded air compressor tanks and helium balloon tanks, and perhaps proof pigs can fly, with an adult pig and two winged piglets made from recycled steel cut-outs.
Mayor Sammels said visitors could join in the fun this year by attaching colourful tags to Message on a Bottle, a two-metre high bottle made from fencing wire commissioned by the City of Rockingham and created by participating artist Greg Gelmi.
“Simply pick up a Castaways fluoro-pink tag and tie from the Castaways information tent and attach it the bottle to help create one very large ultra-shaggy sculpture during the course of the exhibition,” Mayor Sammels said.
First prize in the Castaways Sculpture Awards is $5000, sponsored by Alcoa. Second prize is $3000, sponsored by Fremantle Ports. The City of Rockingham Prize for recycled sculpture in any medium is valued at $3000; the Engie prize for the most innovative sculpture is $3000; and there’s a $3000 Sustainable Living Award. All prizes are non-acquisitive, and most works in the exhibition are for sale.
Participating artists in Castaways 2016 include Greg James, Yuko Takahashi, Lesley Barrett, Joan Johnson, Richard Hammer and Nathan Setzinger.
Judges for Castaways 2016 are Jenepher Duncan, Curator of Contemporary Australia Art at the Art Gallery of WA and Dr Bruce Slatter, artist, and Head of the School of Art and Design at Curtin University.
Sculptures created by primary and secondary schools will feature in the Schools Exhibition which is held as part of the main Castaways exhibition taking place from 22-30 October on Rockingham foreshore and Churchill Park. Entry to the foreshore is via Val St or the Railway Terrace car park.