10 October 2011

Fresh art from recycled materials

A Taste of Things to Come, a sculpture by Anna Woodruff made from drink cans, has won the $500 first prize in RMIT's Artcycle … from trash to treasure competition.

Hajir Hussein with Barbara Hood and Sally Haysom

People's Choice winner, Hajir Hussein, with Barbara Hood (RMIT Property Services, left) and Sally Haysom (Packaging Stewardship Forum).

A Taste of Things to Come by Anna Woodruff

A Taste of Things to Come by Anna Woodruff.

Metfetti by Hajir Hussein

Metfetti by Hajir Hussein.

Ms Woodruff is studying for an Advanced Diploma in Textile Design and Development in the School of Fashion and Textiles.

Second prize ($250) was claimed by Aliça Bryson-Haynes, a Master of Fine Art student in the School of Art, with 99-year lease (Brisbane or Marseille), a work of acrylic on newspaper.

And the public, voting via RMIT's Facebook page, chose Metfetti as the $250 People's Choice winner. Hajir Hussein, who is studying for a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering in the School of Civil, Environmental and Chemical Engineering, used Metcard tickets to stunning effect.

The student competition, co-sponsored by RMIT Property Services and the Packaging Stewardship Forum of the Australian Food and Grocery Council, was organised to mark the University's commitment to recycling on campus.

The works used materials such as plastic and glass bottles, tin cans, cardboard and paper. They were on show for a week in the Building 8 cafeteria on the City campus.

The Executive Director of Property Services, Darren McKee, said Artcycle was a perfect fit between RMIT's commitment to the environment and the design skills of its students.

"The competition has highlighted a $95,000 project funded by RMIT and the Packaging Stewardship Forum, which aims to reclaim 20 tonnes a year of bottles and cans.

"We have placed extra recycling bins and new Do the Right Thing, Use the Right Bin signage across RMIT campuses in the City, Brunswick and Bundoora."

The General Manager of the Packaging Stewardship Forum, Jenny Pickles, congratulated the students on their artworks.

"Their creativity shows that trash can indeed be recycled as treasure, and that every old can or bottle can be part of a better future.

"That's why our collaboration with RMIT makes it just as easy to recycle away from home as it is at home," Ms Pickles said.

The Artcycle judges were Tim Smith, Senior Manager, RMIT Link; Fiona Hillary, School of Art; and Jon Buckingham, RMIT Gallery.

Mr Buckingham, speaking on behalf of the judges, said: "It was obvious to us that each of the entrants was really thinking hard about their chosen media.

"They were considering not only the finished artwork but the processes of creation and the effect of these materials, and of recycling them, on the social and natural environment."

Suzanne Davies, Director of the RMIT Gallery, attended the prize-giving ceremony and congratulated the students.

99-year Lease (Brisbane or Marseille) by Alica Bryson-Haynes

99-year lease (Brisbane or Marseille) by Aliça Bryson-Haynes.

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