Sculptures cast magic

ROCKINGHAM Foreshore will once again be laden with a stunning array of artworks over the coming week.

The annual Castaways Sculpture Exhibition opens tomorrow, with established and emerging artists creating some amazing outdoor pieces from recycled materials.

One such artist, Katie Mitchell from Baldivis entered work for the first time this year – a collection of seven little penguins made from fibreglass and 300 aluminium cans and about 9000 pop rivets.

The waddle of penguins are in various states of running up the beach from the water, with one even preening itself, and Mitchell painstakingly created the cute statuettes over a two-month period, dedicating about 30 hours per week to the creations over that time.

�Each penguin took about a week to make,� she said.

�I thought the little penguin was a great fit for the local area given it�s the (City of Rockingham�s) logo, and besides who can resist a penguin?

�I�m really pleased with them and I think they look good, especially how the sun shines off them; someone even said that the pop rivets look like water drops running down them.�

City of Rockingham Mayor Barry Sammels said the exhibition was a creative way to raise awareness about waste reduction and recycling.

�While the artworks are fascinating and striking, the underlying message is to think about the amount of non-bio-degradable rubbish for landfill that western societies generate,� he said.

�The sculptures selected for this year�s exhibition look at the message of recycling in different ways and certainly use art as a magnifying glass for this theme.

Other artists participating in this year�s exhibition are Yuko Takahashi, Lisa Dymond, Daniel Iley, Susan Roux and Joan Johnson.

There will also be a number of workshops and forums run throughout the week, with presenters including last year�s major prize winner Andrew Pickering.

A number of prizes are on offer for this year�s awards, with the major prize worth $5000.

Castaways runs until Sunday May 17.