Be part of Tower project
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Tower of Babblelonia.