Be part of Tower project

Albany Advertiser - - AGENDA - Shannon Smith

Albany’s Tower of Bab­blelo­nia is now un­der way to be­come an im­pres­sive part of this year’s Christ­mas Festival, and lo­cals are in­vited to take part in the cre­ation of the sculp­ture.

The sculp­ture is Albany’s ver­sion of the Tower of Ba­bel, which was de­stroyed be­cause of lan­guage and com­mu­ni­ca­tion bar­ri­ers.

This tower dif­fers in that it cel­e­brates the com­mu­nity’s way to unite through dif­fer­ent vis­ual and writ­ten lan­guages.

Each par­tic­i­pant will cre­ate their own sym­bol or “emo­ji­con” dur­ing a work­shop with artist-in-res­i­dence at the Vancouver Art Centre, Michael O’Do­herty.

O’Do­herty said any­one, from those aged five through to adults, was in­vited to make their own el­e­ment for the tower.

“Peo­ple get to cre­ate their own emoji-style plaque to place on the tower,” he said.

“This will help build the tower which can seem to kids like cre­at­ing a big cubby house.

“I have al­ways wanted to cre­ate large com­mu­nity ob­jects with poly­styrene, as it is easy to work with and avail­able in abun­dance.”

Poly­styrene foam has been col­lected from fridge and wash­ing ma­chine stock­ists, as well as from broc­coli boxes found at the tip.

The process in­volves de­sign­ing and draw­ing an emo­ji­con at one of the work­shops, which must be booked be­fore­hand.

The Christ­mas Festival will un­veil the mas­ter­piece to the pub­lic on De­cem­ber 2, and then it will be dis­played at the Albany En­ter­tain­ment Centre.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.albany.wa.gov.au or con­tact the VAC on 6820 3748 or arts@albany.wa.gov.au.

The Tower of Bab­blelo­nia.

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