Castaways Opening 2012 - Saturday 12 May
Date Published: 10/05/2012
Thousands are set to flock to Rockingham Foreshore for the much loved annual Castaways Sculpture Awards, now in its fifth year. Visitors can expect the unexpected with 52 works exhibited along the beach and Boardwalk constructed using recycled materials.
A World War ll sea mine has been lovingly revamped as an object of beauty, containing glow in the dark miniature jellyfish, and parts the old Prospector train has been reinvented as a giant four metre high rocket. Old aluminium racing plates for race horses have been recreated into an enormous racing horse, and a bird with moving wings sits atop an Aeolian harp, its mysterious sound activated by the wind.
Curator Lyn DiCiero says the exhibition is a delight to organise. “Each year I’m always surprised at the pure inventiveness of artists who give us new ways of looking at the world.”
Artists include Richard Hammer, Joan Johnson, Len Zuks, Tania Spencer, Toby Bell, Robin Yakinthou and Mick Holland.
Mayor Barry Sammels said Castaways offered unique cultural opportunities for residents and visitors while raising the profile of recycling and sustainability.
The BHP Billiton Schools Award takes place between 18 and 20 May and showcases works by local schoolchildren. “It is great to see our schools engage so enthusiastically with the messages and ideals behind Castaways, and I urge everyone to come down and see the vibrant and stimulating works our local schoolchildren have created, as well as the main exhibition.
“In line with the City’s aspiration to provide education, artistic and cultural opportunities for our community, Castaways 2012 has new and exciting components including the Castaways Poetry Prize and Photography competition, adding a unique cross-art festival feel to the event.”
Castaways Sculpture Awards is open to the public from Saturday 12 May until 2pm, Sunday 20 May. Enter via Railways Terrace car park or via Val St, Rockingham.
Many works on display are for sale. A free catalogue accompanies the exhibition. To enter the Inaugural Castaways Photographic Award, visit the City’s website for conditions and submit your best photo of Castaways.
Vote for your favourite sculpture and you could win a $500 shopping voucher from Rockingham Shopping Centre.
For photo opportunities contact the Curator, Lyn DiCiero, 9336 1861, 0421 376 114 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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