Wow a beautiful sunny day in October. Amazing! Lots of people and lots going on. There were groups of artists that had won 2017 Open Call and were selected to respond to the theme “Plastic Beach and the Global Issue of Ocean Plastic”
I saw a family sculpture made of recycled bottles as well as a bottle out of bottles. There was an abstract sculpture made out of straws. Puppets made out of plastic bags creating massive sea-gulls flying high in the sky and jellyfish floating, cycling fish. These were all made from rubbish collected off the beach. Music was also playing in the bandstand and dancers performing.
It was a big festival and one that encouraged people from all walks of life and all ages to be able to participate in this free event. It was very well presented and made for a good day out. There was something for everyone, but overall there was a clear message about recycling and the harm leaving rubbish can have on our environment.
I liked how rubbish was transformed into art. I liked the sculptures espcially the bottle made of plastic bottles. What did you learn which will help you to achieve your challenge?
It taught me and hopefully all those that visited that you can use rubbish for art and that recycling materials is important. Although I haven't as yet used any recycled materials for my art as yet it has made me aware that i can keep my eyes open for materials that can be re-used i.e. wire for my sculpture base. Using plastic shapes that's used in packaging as a mould.
It was an absolutely riveting festival which I enjoyed because it was not only visually appealing it had a purpose and that was helping save our planet.