RECENT visitors to the Cape Bouvard Winery and Brewery in Lake Clifton enjoyed a display of aerial photos and videos showcasing the beauty of the Peel Region’s wetlands and waterways.
The visual display was a culmination of two projects by the Peel-Harvey Catchment Council and City of Mandurah – a drone photo competition called Wetlands from Above and the Stretch Art Festival’s Hydrodome.
The Wetlands from Above competition, organised by the PHCC, invited local drone operators to take aerial shots of the Peel-Yalgorup Ramsar Wetlands.
PHCC chairman Andy Gulliver said it was great to see that drones also had an artistic side and would provide a creative bird’s eye view of Peel’s wetlands.
“Telling the story of our environment through art allows the community to connect with nature in new ways,” he said.
Competition photos were shown throughout the evening on a LED screen accompanied by live acoustic and jazz performances by local musicians Danny Bau and the Mahara Tocker trio.
The Wetlands from Above photos were complemented by Stretch Arts Festival project Hydrodome – a night-time light, sound and video artwork.
Standing six metres tall, the semi-spherical Hydrodome provided a 360-degree screen for a digital film inspired by Mandurah’s relationship with water.
The Hydrodome involved the work of artists Justin Wiggan, Bernadette Lewis and David Carson and engaged over 100 people from the Mandurah community who contributed to the content of the film and soundscape.
City of Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams said he was impressed with the Hydrodome project and the Wetlands from Above competition as it encouraged the community to take a closer look at local wetlands and the environment.