City of Timber and Haiku | Brisbane City Council

City of Timber and Haiku

Mika Nakamura-Mather has won third place in Brisbane City Council's Recycling Art Competition with her creation, 'City of Timber and Haiku'.

“The wooden buildings of Brisbane carry traces of the memories and history of the city. The imperfections of recycled timbers tell tales of lives lived. Like flotsam and jetsam after a flood, the city survives disasters and storms and thrives through reconstructing its rich histories and memories.”

This piece is 120 centimetres long and 190 wide and is made from from reclaimed and recycled timber from old Queenslander houses and other buildings.

Recycling Art Competition

This competition explores the creative potential of recycling household items and furniture, and inspiring others to see the possibility in things that may have otherwise have been thrown away. The artworks have been created with items from Council's tip shops and other second-hand sales.

All about the artist

Mika’s work is concerned with the concept of home and notions of impermanency, cultural identification and the power of memory to evoke a feeling of place. The use of found, reclaimed and repurposed materials that have a rich and specific history is a key component of her work. She is currently studying to become a Doctor of Visual Art at the Queensland College of Art.

More information

You can also watch this video and see all the other finalists and their artwork on Brisbane City Council's YouTube Channel. Alternatively, you can watch these videos in an accessible player on Vimeo.

You can also read the text version.

27 March 2015