City of Rockingham’s Castaways Sculpture Awards turns 10

City of Rockingham’s Castaways Sculpture Awards turns 10

IT is the 10th anniversary of the Castaways Sculpture Awards.

Safety Bay artist and past winner Carole Clitheroe has entered every time and this year is no exception.

“My entry is a bird and large bird’s nest,” she said.

“I go to the tip all the time and these golf clubs reminded me of birds.”

Ms Clitheroe said she enjoyed the awards because the use of recycled materials meant she could push boundaries.

The Castaways Sculpture Awards are from October 28 to November 5 and Rockingham Foreshore will once again be transformed into an artistic wonderland.

Using repurposed materials, both established and emerging artists stretch their imaginative muscles, creating outstanding works of art.

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said Castaways is the City’s premier art event, attracting nearly 20,000 visitors to the foreshore over the week of the exhibition.

“Recycled artworks can be extremely interesting and durable and we see incredible ingenuity in each exhibition,” he said.

“The City has a strong commitment to recycling and I am thrilled to be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Castaways competition and exhibition.”

Aluminium, one of the world’s most recyclable materials, has been cleverly reinterpreted by artists at the event this year, with a damaged 1980s caravan being entirely rebuilt using aluminium and timber.

The quirky sculpted caravan is now two storeys tall, replete with a sundeck above.

Another work, made from a repurposed satellite dish and fire extinguishers, acts as an oversized, wind chime reaching three metres in height.

Often poetic and thought-provoking, Castaways works are fun too.

Expect to see giraffes, as if cast adrift from their transportation ship, landing on Rockingham Beach, and a snowy drift of Sweet Alice flowers by day, lit at night to create a luminous magic display.

Visitors can also join in the fun by contributing to Message on Bottle, a two-metre high bottle made from wire, commissioned by the City of Rockingham, and created by participating artist Greg Gelmi.

Simply pick up a Castaways fluoro-pink tag and tie from the Castaways Information Tent from 9am to 5pm during the exhibition and attach it the bottle to help create one very large ultra-shaggy sculpture during the course of the exhibition.

On the first weekend of Castaways, visitors can also contribute to a very special 10th anniversary sculpture titled Community – a community of forms inspired by Op Art and colour theories, using particular colours known to appear to vibrate when placed together.

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