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Townsville Bulletin - - Voice Of The North - Mary Ver­non mary. ver­non@ townsville­bul­letin. com. au

In­ter­est­ing re­sult

IT started as a walk on the beach for two friends who were help­ing out with the cleanup ef­fort on Mag­netic Is­land af­ter Cy­clone Yasi. Lo­cal artists Michelle McGuinn and Julie Stark were pick­ing up flot­sam – that’s nautical talk for rub­bish that floats up on the beach – in Horse­shoe Bay. They were in­trigued by the rep­e­ti­tion of cer­tain items in the huge bag they had col­lected. Those ubiq­ui­tous sin­gle thongs ( why is there never a match­ing pair?) a plethora of plas­tic bot­tle caps in a de­light­ful va­ri­ety of colours, an equal but un­matched as­sort­ment of plas­tic bot­tles and all those gnarly old tooth­brushes. ‘‘ The mauve coloured Harpic toi­let duck was a high­light,’’ laughed Julie, an art teacher and print-maker. So they de­cided to make a work of art out of it all, a hang­ing sculp­ture of pan­els called ‘‘ Flot­sam & Jet­sam & Cy­clone Yasi’’. It is hang­ing at the MIArtspace on Bright Av­enue in Ar­ca­dia and is def­i­nitely worth see­ing.

The tooth­brush panel

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