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Brisbane artists turn trash into treasure

19 July, 2016

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk today revealed the winning artworks of Brisbane City Council’s world-class Brisbane Recycling Art Exhibition at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts.

Cr Quirk said Robert Hains of Chandler took out first place and $2500 in prize money, after his artwork, ‘Pegasus’ received an overwhelming number of public votes.

“Artists were commissioned to create artworks made only with items from second-hand tip shops and Robert Hains charmed the public with an impressive kinetic sculpture made of reused timber from an old lectern, bookcase, chair and school desk,” Cr Quirk said.

“Using only kitchenware, and motorcycle, plumbing and computer parts, Will Davy won second place and $1000 for his futuristic robot ‘Captured Fly Drone’, while third place and $500 was won by Holly Pepper for her creation ‘Thorn in the Reef’ made from old nails, blankets and parts of a Webber BBQ.

“I have been incredibly impressed to see the artworks these talented artists have created with a little lateral thinking and someone else’s junk.”

Cr Quirk said this year’s exhibition explored the creative potential of reusing and recycling household items and furniture, and had inspired others to think differently about things that may have otherwise been thrown away.

“The artists have exploited the creative potential of someone else’s trash to transform it into treasure, and inspired Brisbane residents to see the creative potential of second-hand things,” he said.

“It has also been a great opportunity to have the exhibition hosted by Brisbane’s iconic Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, right here in the heart of Fortitude Valley’s creative district.

“Congratulations to our three winners and all ten of our finalists – your artworks are awe-inspiring and have made many rethink what they do with their rubbish.

“By rethinking unwanted items, the artists have contributed to Council’s goal of making Brisbane cleaner, greener and more sustainable.”

The final ten artworks at ‘Salvage,’ the Recycling Art Exhibition, are still available to view at the Judith Wright Centre until Sunday 17 July.

For more information on the Recycling Art Competition visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on (07) 3403 8888.

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