Trashformation? Its child’s play!

The Eden Whale Festival will be in full swing this weekend with festival highlights including the street parade on Saturday morning, Whale song featuring Indi band Hungry Kids of Hungary on Saturday night along with the Sydney Ports Corporation fireworks and a further great line up of events on Sunday.

But a number of Whale Festival events have already been underway including newcomer to the program Trashformation, the festival’s waste to want recycling competition.

Whale Festival chairperson Gordon Beattie was thrilled with the calibre and quantity of entrants.

“I’m really pleased that people have embraced this new competition and the whole notion of transforming trash into art,” Mr Beattie said at the judging last Friday. I really want to thank our sponsors, Swarftech and the Bega Valley Shire Council.”

AND THE WINNERS ARE… 

Dual winner of the SwarfTech first prize of $500, and also the winner of the school group prize, was Eden Child Care’s totem poles made from recycled tin cans painted by the pre-schoolers:

The judges said:

“In any circumstances, in any company it’s a standout piece. It’s beautifully resolved, lyrical and just gorgeous. 

“The concept (totem poles made from old tins) is fabulous; a melange of Jackson Pollock meets Monet and goodness knows what else. 

“That it’s been made by kids is cute but we would love it if it was done by a mature artist.

“Immediately you’re drawn to it, it engages you. I would have it in my lounge room!”

Second overall placegetter, and winner of the Bega Valley Shire Council waste prize of $250, was the Community Garden, Uniting Church horse made from recycled mattress springs.

The judges said:

“Apart from the fact that it’s a wonderful use of recycling – you look at dumped mattresses and think there must be something you can do with them - this is a really great use of mattress springs. It’s like a really fat pony, half-rocking horse, with gorgeous use of more recycled material for the saddle and stirrups. It’s really playful, figurative, yet well-proportioned, sweet and whimsical.”  

The BVSC youth prize goes to Dakota Hooper from Eden Marine High School 

for his shark made from car parts.

The judges said:

“We love ‘Sharky’ – it’s very simple but clever and not too much of a ‘try hard’. 

“They’ve just picked up bits of a car door, and made great use of these car elements like the rubber strips made into gills. It’s very simple but so clever and there’s a real sophistication in how it all works in a naive sort of way.

“It’s a bit like graffiti, a bit street art, really grungy and we love that aspect.

“I love that the eye of the shark is the car door lock. If a shark grabbed hold of you, I would love to have my car keys ready to shove them in its eye!

“All of the elements really work. It’s really sweet.”

Don’t forget to vote in the Trashformation people’s choice award. The lucky winner will receive $250 also from Swarftech. Entries are on display in The Captains Table at the Eden’s Fishermen’s Club, from 10am till late on both Saturday and Sunday.   

• Judges, Megan Bottari (right) curator at the Bega Valley Regional Gallery and Amanda Stroud, managing editor of the Eden Magnet with this year’s winning piece - Totem Poles by Eden Child Care. PHOTO: Megan Luhrs.

• Judges, Megan Bottari (right) curator at the Bega Valley Regional Gallery and Amanda Stroud, managing editor of the Eden Magnet with this year’s winning piece - Totem Poles by Eden Child Care. PHOTO: Megan Luhrs.

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