Waste not, want not for inorganic art competition

Waste not, want not for inorganic art competition
A neighbourhood scrapheap turned into a neighbourhood sculpture-fest in a matter of hours last weekend in South Auckland.

The Street Trash Sculpture Clash pitted teams of designers and artists against each other in a battle to transform inorganic waste into intricate works of art.

No waste was considered wasted, with their foraging efforts rewarded with some quirky finds, including discarded dolls' heads, an umbrella, a typewriter and even parts of a playground.

The event is the brainchild of West Auckland-based film-maker, Davian Lorson, who realised that some parts of the city were having their inorganic collection services cut back.

“I wanted to promote the benefits of these council services," Lorson says. "We are living in a time when recycling is becoming a real necessity and this system promotes the reuse and recycle mentality."

That message was clearly evoked by the annual event’s 2012 champions, 'The Roots', with their salvaged centrepiece titled OTARA.

The team made up of architects and designers were locals and in homage to their area they built a giant sign spelling out the word O – T – A – R – A, using all variety of domestic paraphernalia. 

With rousing public support aside, the craftsmanship of the finished product and its showy aesthetics was more than enough to convince the judging panel, made up of well-respected sculptors, Martin Horspool and Sean Kerrigan.

Other notable creations included a futuristic communications tower and a giant colorful plastic toy taniwha, complete with goggly eyes and a tongue made out of a miniature children's sled.


With the community support for these trash transformers high, the event will surely be bigger and bolder next year.

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