As an artist I am concerned with all wastage endemic in our society. By sourcing large amounts of used packaging waste to make enormous interactive public instalation sculpture I am demonstrating the amount of materials freely available. I aim to include as many people as possible in my art installations.
For the first Cairns Children’s at the Tanks children from Edge Hill State School were invited to make life sized silhouettes of themselves to populate a cardboard maze world. The child was the creative director and the adult was the technical coordinator, who does the cutting and enabling the imagination. The child then decorated the cardboard silhouette with old clothing and oil pastels. The negative cardboard offcuts were used to create a growing multidimensional Waste Not World in the Tinker Tank.
We celebrated the year of the snake on Grafton Street. I had been collecting the hose pipes from the bins out the back of Good Guys for months. It was a hot day, people sheltering in the shade, making things. The tables were full! We listened to the singing on the stage and waited until the fire works went off in time to the singing.
Coordinated by Cairns Regional Council and Tropical North Queensland Tafe, the annual Sustainable Living Expo aims to bring people together to celebrate, learn and have fun.
The 2012 Sustainable Living Expo saw over 2000 people visit the 45 exhibitors who displayed their products and services ranging from renewable energy, permaculture, local tropical foods, upcycled wares and community groups representing conservation, climate change and sustainable living.
The day was a community celebration of sustainability – there were colourful recycled fashion installations by Tafe fashion students and delightful roving performers; local musicians the Montgomery Brothers and Reggae Bliss entertained the crowd. Most popular were the children’s “Junk into Funk” tent and demonstrations every half hour on; how to make your own hot water service, how to make a haybale garden, designing a sustainable home, solar thermal power and more.
Entries from the schools “What makes the world a better place” photography competition were on display and the winners were announced. Some of the entrant’s pictures will be displayed here soon.
Council and Tafe would like to thank everyone involved in the 2012 Expo who helped make the day a wonderful success.