Artists think big for out­back cre­ation

The West Australian - - NEWS - An­nelies Gart­ner

Street artist Stormie Mills got down to earth for a col­lab­o­ra­tive project in the Pil­bara.

Last Septem­ber, more than 30 artists de­scended on the town of Cos­sack for a week of record­ing and cre­ation for the VAST Project.

Mills etched a skele­ton on a salt lake bed, pain­ter Robert Moore cre­ated the let­ters VAST and Farm House Films doc­u­mented the fi­nal work us­ing drones.

Work­ing on such a big scale and hav­ing a can­vas of a dry lake bed was a first for Mills.

“Noth­ing was mea­sured and de­spite not hav­ing cre­ated some­thing to this scale ly­ing flat on the ground, I was happy with the way it turned out,” Mills said.

“It wasn’t until I saw these aerial pho­tos of my­self and Robert Moore ly­ing on the im­mense salt flats of Ba­jin­hur­rba (Cos­sack), that I re­alised the weight of the word and how big the project we were on re­ally was in terms of its open sky cre­ative think­ing.”

Many of the artists re­turned to the re­gion last night to share the works in­clud­ing a con­cert, film screen­ing and gallery show at the Red Earth Arts Precinct in Kar­ratha.

Picture: Mike Fletcher

Stormie Mills and Robert Moore with the mas­sive art­work on a lake bed near Cos­sack.

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