Awards sculpture floats judges’ boat
There was lots of creativity on display along Rockingham Foreshore at the weekend for the 10th annual Castaways Sculptures Awards.
Munster artist Brett Todman won the $5000 Alcoa Major Sculpture Award for recycled sculpture with an aluminium component for his artwork, Ginkgo.
The sculpture is a two-storey boathouse complete with a full-sized bath and mezzanine bedroom with an outdoor deck.
Mr Todman recycled a 1980s caravan he purchased on Gumtree this year and rebuilt the majority of the structure, basing the curved shape on a ginkgo leaf.
“It took about six months to complete,” he said.
Mr Todman was grateful for the win which will allow him to visit relatives in NSW for Christmas.
“I was in disbelief when I heard my name called,” he said.
“It’s the first year I have entered the competition. I’m a painter so that’s what I usually exhibit.
“I’m already thinking about ideas for next year’s Castaways.”
Visitors will be able to meet Mr Todman on November 5, between 12-2pm at the foreshore.
The winner of the primary schools competition was Golden Bay Primary School with School of Fish, created by students from kindergarten to Year 6 and linked to sustainability lessons in the classroom. South Coast Baptist College was the winner of the secondary schools competition for Nature’s Mother (Board) of Recyclers — Dung Beetle created using gym equipment, a sand filter and a lawnmower catcher.
Winner of the City of Rockingham Award for a recycled sculpture was Northam artist Rachel Solomon with Chimera, a small-scale piece created using discarded plastic doll parts.
Golden Bay artist Stella Onderwater was the winner of the Sims Metal Management Award for recycled sculpture for No Spring Chicken, an embroidered trampoline.
Subiaco artists Adam Ismail and William Leggett won the Fremantle Ports award for Core, created from aluminium and mixed materials.
Winner of the Engie Innovation Award was Joan Johnson, of Nedlands, for her piece Fragile Ocean I.
The word fragile was cut from aluminium sheet and displayed against the ocean as a backdrop.
Janeen Samuel was the first-prize winner of the Castaways Poetry Competition with her poem China Birds based on the 2016 artwork The Flock by Elizabeth Marpole and Jeannette Vernooij Dik.
All poems were based on images of artworks from the 2016 Castaways Sculpture Awards.
Ms Samuel’s poem will be featured in the 2017 Castaways Sculpture Awards 10th Anniversary Catalogue.
The event continues at the Rockingham Foreshore until November 5.
Munster artist Brett Todman won the $5000 Alcoa Major Sculpture Award for his artwork Ginkgo.
Sculpture The Flock.
Sculpture Message on a Bottle.