Gingko wins Munster artist major prize at Rockingham Castaways Sculpture Awards


Major Castaways Sculpture Awards winner Brett Todman with his work, Ginkgo.
Major Castaways Sculpture Awards winner Brett Todman with his work, Ginkgo.

A SECOND-HAND caravan purchase has scooped the major prize at the 10th annual City of Rockingham Castaways Sculpture Awards .

Munster artist Brett Todman won the $5000 Alcoa Major Sculpture Award for recycled sculpture with an aluminium component with his piece Ginkgo.

Todman recycled a 1980s caravan purchased via Gumtree in May this year, and rebuilt the majority of the structure, basing the curved shape on a ginkgo leaf.

The result is an amazing live-in, two-storey sculpture, replete with full sized bath and mezzanine bedroom with an outdoor deck.

Todman said he was shocked when his name was called.

“It was a bit surreal. I only remember going up to receive the award, and even then I didn’t know I’d won first prize; I thought it was one of the other prizes.”

Ginkgo was tricky to install on soft sand at Rockingham beach and Todman joked he would likely use the $5000 to buy a good winch to get it out again

Visitors can meet Todman this Sunday, November 5 between 12pm and 2pm.

Local winners were Golden Bay artist Stella Onderwater ,winner of the $3000 Sims Metal Management Award with No Spring Chicken, a trampoline picked up from a roadside verge and beautifully embroidered as a tribute to both her mother and daughter.

The Primary Schools Competition winners were Golden Bay Primary School with School of Fish, created by kindergarten to Year 6 students signifying sustainability lessons in the classroom.

Winner of the Secondary Schools Competition was South Coast Baptist College with Nature’s Mother(Board) of Recyclers – The Dung Beetle, created from gym equipment, sand filter and a lawn mower catcher.

Winners of the $3000 Fremantle Ports Award for recycled sculpture were Subiaco artists Adam Ismail and William Leggett with Core.

Winner of the $3000 Engie Innovation Award was Nedlands artist Joan Johnson with Fragile Ocean l, with the word ‘FRAGILE’ cut from aluminium sheet and displayed fittingly against the ocean as a backdrop.

Winner of the City of Rockingham Award for recycled sculpture was Northam artist Rachel Solomon with Chimera, a small scale work using discarded plastic doll parts.

Chimera is a thought-provoking work blending toy lamb and human-like doll parts to highlight human-sheep chimeras created from fusing 15 per cent human DNA with sheep DNA to grow organs for transplanting into humans in the future.

Visitors can also participate in this year’s exhibition by writing their own Castaways message and adding it to the artwork Message on a Bottle, a 2m-high bottle constructed from wire.

Castaways Photography Competition is open until November 17.

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