Recycling Art Competition

The Salvage Recycling Art Competition explores the creative potential in reusing and recycling household items and furniture.

Will Davy was voted the winner of the 2017 Recycling Art Competition for his Cable Harvester Bug.

Council awarded second place to Michael Littler for FAX (after Boccioni) and third place to Claire Tracey for The Phoenix.

The artists found their materials in Council’s tip shops and other second-hand stores around the city and created artworks with their reusable treasures.

The competition explores the creative potential of reusing and recycling household items and furniture.

Artists and their art

2017 winner - Will Davy - 'Cable Harvester Bug'

As an artist and tinkerer in Brisbane, Will creates gadgets and kinetic sculptures using recycled everyday objects. Will views these objects as having an alternative purpose and this forms the basis for his artwork.

About the artwork

This artwork depicts a robotic dung beetle collecting copper, lead and steel cables. The artwork was inspired by the introduction of fibre optic cable technology replacing existing copper cabling in cities around the world. Will takes inspiration from mechanical objects that resemble shapes found in nature. The collection of curved forms determines the final creation.

Created from second-hand instrument stands, plumbing parts, radio parts, lamp shades, gym ball, light-emitting diode (LED) lighting, a transformer, electrical cable, motorbike parts, fuel case and cowling, car parts, lights and a hair dryer. Dimensions: 185cm x 110cm x 125cm.

Second place - Michael Littler - 'FAX (after Boccioni)'

Michael is a graduate from Queensland College of Art with a major in Sculpture. He's worked as a professional studio assistant for the last 15 years. Michael uses bricolage techniques to apply recycled materials as assemblage in his work.

By contrasting discarded 'man-made' items into a new whole, the work can appear slightly absurd and abstract. Michael's approach aims to challenge the viewer's impressions of concepts such as 'utility' and 'novelty'.

About the artwork

This artwork explores the idea of recycling and reusing through an ambiguity of meaning in the artwork FAX (after Boccioni). There is a sense of fluidity carved within the form of stacked books that is both nostalgic and adaptive. An ironic nod to the fast-moving development of technology and our relation to it.

Created from 180 second-hand books. Dimensions: 104cm x 84cm x 34cm.

Third place - Claire Tracey - 'The Phoenix'

Claire is a Brisbane-based contemporary artist who has worked on environmental art projects in Australia, Mongolia, Turkey and China. Within her practice, Claire transforms manufactured, everyday objects to raise awareness of a range of contemporary social and environmental issues.

About the artwork

Inspired by Greek mythology, Claire uses her artwork to show the possibility of something being born again, recreated and repurposed into a new life. The Phoenix is inspired by the detrimental effect of plastic in the natural environment and in particular the impact of plastic on ocean bird populations. Through her work, Claire invites you to find opportunities to repurpose, upcycle and recycle.

Created from pre-loved plastic toys, homewares, furniture, cutlery, toothpicks and cable ties. Dimensions: 100cm x 100cm x 30cm.

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Last updated:17 April 2019
Topics: waste