Lotus | Brisbane City Council


Tony Rice is one of the finalists in Brisbane City Council's Recycling Art Competition and has created 'Lotus'.

“My primary objective with this artwork was to emphasise the amount of plastic waste we produce. I selected translucent plastics because I wanted to illuminate them with a light. The design form of a flower came with the use of wooden coat hangers and a standard lamp base.”

This piece is 190 centimetres high and is made from coat hangers, lamp base, plastic bottles, plastic umbrellas and plastic sandals found through Council’s kerbside collection and tips shops, op shops and yellow wheelie bins.

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

A practicing artist for more than 30 years and a kite maker for 20 years, Tony has recently found a new medium and a new concern. Taking plastic washed up from the sea, Tony has been creating works that have a message about this pollutant choking our waterways and affecting the sea life. His works replicate sea animals like dolphins and turtles, with a skeletal appearance and inside a digestive system made from the plastic.

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