An idea worth bot­tling

ARTIST Kathy Al­lam is hop­ing her sculp­tures made of re­cy­cled plas­tic bot­tles will cap­ture the pub­lic’s at­ten­tion around the Mends Street precinct in South Perth.

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS - Aaron Cor­lett

STUN­NING art­work sure to grab the at­ten­tion of passers-by has lined the Mends Street precinct in South Perth.

Cottes­loe artist Kathy Al­lam’s Mi­asma Series in­cludes 12 pieces of cloud-like art­work com­prised of plas­tic bot­tles and in­clude so­lar lights.

The art­work, pre­vi­ously dis­played at Sculp­tures by the Sea, has been mod­i­fied for its stint in South Perth, which runs un­til De­cem­ber 4.

Al­lam said she was ap­proached by the City of South Perth with the idea to ac­ti­vate the area. “The orig­i­nal idea was to use cloud forms as a metaphor for dream­ing and de­sires and the use of plas­tic bot­tles ties into the cur­rent de­sire for sus­tain­able liv­ing,” she said.

“I don’t want the art­work to be im­me­di­ately recog­nis­able as clouds, I want peo­ple to get closer and work out what it is.

“I think they’ll be re­ally eye­catch­ing and I hope peo­ple in the city look­ing at South Perth can see them dur­ing the night.”

Al­lam said she had col­lected tens of thou­sands of plas­tic bot­tles from the pub­lic.

“I’ve had peo­ple who have been in­spired by the work do­nate bot­tles to me and I have friends neigh­bours do­nate to me reg­u­larly,” she said.

“I think that’s re­ally lovely and it’s amaz­ing that I’m sup­ported by peo­ple.”

Pic­ture: Marie Nirme­mu­ni­ d461849

Night light: The Mi­asma Series shines brightly af­ter dark.

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