Wreck reborn for music
A rusted Warmun wreck found new use as a musical instrument, which was played by the community at a concert.
The old trayback Mazda, owned by Richard Thomas, was converted as part of musician Jon Rose’s regional residency with performance art organisation Tura.
The project, WRECK, is about exploring the sculptural car wrecks that dot the Australian outback landscape.
Rose said it took a little while to find the right car for the project.
“The thing about wrecks in communities, they’re owned by everybody, so you can’t just say that’s a good one,” he said.
“You have to find out who they belong to and if it’s OK to use.”
All sorts of metal and materials were added or welded to the car, including 44-gallon drums, 20-litre cans, tins, three car bonnets and fence wire, which could be played with the bow.
Rose said a smoke machine was placed under the car and the whole thing was then amplified for a concert which about 170 community members attended.
Tura artistic director Tos Mahoney said it had been a wonderful residency, and the car will travel to Perth for an exhibition and performance.