Seven primary schools and eight secondary schools will join in the fun and exhibit their recycled sculptures as part of the Schools Competition, which accompanies the main exhibition.
Singleton Primary School has entered a numbat after learning about endangered species. The numbat’s body is made from milk bottle cartons cable-tied together, and its face a recycled sauce bottle.
Teacher Rosy Chalklen said the experience of participating in Castaways was fantastic for her students.
“The kids love it. They’re lining up to join in and even work on the sculpture during lunchtimes,” she said. “They’re learning a great deal about how to save objects, and how to reuse them.”
Other entries include Sweet Mistake by Golden Bay Primary School, a melting ice cream of papier-mâché, whose wrapper has been dropped carelessly on the ground symbolising the impact littering has on our environment and coastline.
For the first time Baldivis Brumby Girl Guides and Secret Harbour Cub Scouts will also be part of the Castaways Primary Schools Competition, sponsored by Alcoa. The Secondary Schools Competition is sponsored by the Lions Club of Rockingham and features work produced as part of the Up-Cycle Art Project held during the term.
Mayor Barry Sammels said the school entries were sure to bring a smile to the face of visitors to the exhibition.
“It’s clear students had a lot of fun in preparing their entries,” he said. “By involving students from primary to secondary age groups, the City aims to have a far-reaching influence on children in their formative years by encouraging the ethics of recycling through art.”
School groups will have a chance to tour the full Castaways exhibition before making their own recycled artwork with artists as part of the Schools Educational Workshops, also sponsored by Alcoa.
The 2016 Castaways Sculpture Awards will take place from 22-30 October on Rockingham foreshore and Churchill Park. Entry is free and catalogues are available.
Visitors to the exhibition will this year have the opportunity to contribute to an artwork as well. Commissioned by the City of Rockingham and created by Greg Gelmi, Message on a Bottle will gradually be covered in colourful tags placed on the work by the public during the exhibition.
Everyone visiting Castaways can also be part of the event by entering the Castaways Photography Competition.