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ROCK­ING­HAM Fore­shore will once again be trans­formed into an artis­tic won­der­land dur­ing the 10th an­niver­sary of the Cast­aways Sculp­ture Awards.

Us­ing re­pur­posed ma­te­ri­als, both es­tab­lished and emerg­ing artists stretch their imag­i­na­tive mus­cles, cre­at­ing out­stand­ing works of art.

City of Rock­ing­ham Mayor Barry Sam­mels said Cast­aways is the City’s premier art event, at­tract­ing nearly 20,000 vis­i­tors to the fore­shore over the week of the ex­hi­bi­tion.

“Re­cy­cled art­works can be ex­tremely in­ter­est­ing and durable and we see in­cred­i­ble in­ge­nu­ity in each ex­hi­bi­tion,” he said.

“The City has a strong com­mit­ment to re­cy­cling and I am thrilled to be cel­e­brat­ing the 10th an­niver­sary of the Cast­aways com­pe­ti­tion and ex­hi­bi­tion.”

Alu­minium, one of the world’s most re­cy­clable mate- ri­als, has been clev­erly rein­ter­preted by artists at the event this year, with a dam­aged 1980s car­a­van be­ing en­tirely re­built us­ing alu­minium and timber.

The quirky sculpted car­a­van is now two storeys tall, re­plete with a sun­deck above.

An­other work, made from a re­pur­posed satel­lite dish and fire ex­tin­guish­ers, acts as an over­sized, wind chime reach­ing three me­tres in height.

Of­ten po­etic and thought­pro­vok­ing, Cast­aways works are fun too. Ex­pect to see gi­raffes, as if cast adrift from their trans­porta­tion ship, land­ing on Rock­ing­ham Beach, and a snowy drift of Sweet Alice flow­ers by day, lit at night to cre­ate a lu­mi­nous magic dis­play.

Vis­i­tors can also join in the fun by con­tribut­ing to Mes­sage on Bot­tle, a two-me­tre high bot­tle made from wire, com­mis­sioned by the City of Rock­ing­ham, and cre­ated by par­tic­i­pat­ing artist Greg Gelmi.

Sim­ply pick up a Cast­aways flu­oro-pink tag and tie from the Cast­aways In­for­ma­tion Tent from 9am to 5pm dur­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion and at­tach it the bot­tle to help cre­ate one very large ul­tra-shaggy sculp­ture dur­ing the course of the ex­hi­bi­tion.

On the first week­end of Cast­aways, vis­i­tors can also con­trib­ute to a very spe­cial 10th an­niver­sary sculp­ture ti­tled Com­mu­nity – a com­mu­nity of forms in­spired by Op Art and colour the­o­ries, us­ing par­tic­u­lar colours known to ap­pear to vi­brate when placed to­gether.

Art­work by Kelly James to fea­ture in Cast­aways.

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