The City of Rockingham received more than 70 entries for the competition that runs until next Sunday, May 19, with 15,000 people expected to visit the unique exhibition.
Among the artists who will have their works on display will be Safety Bay husband and wife duo Dan and Steph Moses, both 27, who have created Recycled Life ” an amazing two-metre tall metal greyhound.
‘We based the design on our greyhound; we’ve doubled the size of him ” he’s about six foot ” it is a very large dog,’ Mrs Moses said. “It is called Recycled Life; it is about how we as a society recycle inanimate objects (but) we decided to reflect on how we (also) recycle pets, so to speak.’
She said that often dogs would end up in pounds or were put down, and they wanted the artwork to reflect that. The impressive creation is made from a mix of aluminium, pool fencing, metal grating and chicken wire and took several months to complete.
‘It’s basically materials that were here at home so we thought we’d use them,’ she said.
Mrs Moses said they had worked together for several years on sculptures and paintings but only recently began entering competitions ” including last year’s Castaways.
‘We create sculptures and paintings, Dan also does graphic design. We’ve enjoyed entering exhibitions together,’ she said.
This year will be the sixth annual exhibition, with nearly $20,000 in prizes on offer, and winners to be announced at a ceremony tomorrow night .
There will also be a free forum, Sculpture with a Conscience, at the Gary Holland Centre next Wednesday, May 15, with artists Sam Deal and Stella Onderwater.
A photography competition coincides with the event.