Seven secondary schools took part in an artist-in-residence program for the Up-Cycle Art Project where they developed recycled sculptures that will be entered into the Schools Competition at the Castaways Sculpture Awards, to be held from 22-30 October on the Rockingham foreshore.
Major themes emerging from the sculptures are environmental messages around the concerns of global warming and pollution into the oceans.
These themes have been depicted in a variety of different ways – a melting ice cream by Tranby College, a diver reliving memories of bright reefs depicted by Kolbe Catholic College, a large fish filled with plastic bottles by Living Waters Lutheran College, and Ned Kelly created as an eco-warrior by South Coast Baptist College. Other sculptures include a surfer being constricted by tentacles, demonstrating the sea fighting back from the pollution, by Rockingham Montessori Adolescent Program, a Dalek created by two very creative students at Malibu School, and bright strands of junk DNA by South Metropolitan Youth Link (SMYL) College.
Mayor Barry Sammels said the project gave schools a chance to be involved in the Castaways Sculpture Awards by having experienced community artists who were able to guide them through the process of developing an outdoor sculpture, which would hopefully inspire some of the students to submit solo pieces in the future.
“The Castaways Schools Competition not only aims to encourage creativity and artistic skill, but also aims to have a far-reaching influence on students in their formative years by instilling the ethics of recycling through art,” Mayor Sammels said. “Entries this year are highly inventive and fun, and will be sure to bring a smile to visitors to the show.”
The 2016 Castaways Sculpture Awards will take place from Saturday 22 October to 2pm Sunday 30 October on Rockingham foreshore and Churchill Park. Entry to the foreshore is via Val St or the Railway Terrace car park.