Marine Art Sculpture to be Launched

Published on 06 January 2020

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The impacts of marine debris on our oceans will be highlighted this weekend when a giant art installation is launched at the Port Fairy Botanic Gardens.

Constructed through a series of community art workshops, a giant octopus and other marine life have been created using recovered marine debris collected from beaches in the South West.

Titled ‘Night of the Reclaimed Octopus’, the project was driven by the Moyne Shire Youth Council and local young people, with input from three local artists; Kate and Murray Dancey and Dan Cooling. The project was funded by FReeZA, a Victorian Government youth initiative.

Moyne Shire Mayor, Cr Daniel Meade said the project aimed to bring local young people and the wider community together to work on a significant art installation while raising awareness about the impact of marine debris.

“More than 50 community members attended the art workshops, building an art installation based on the concept of an octopus’s garden and using technology, sculpture and different materials to bring it to life.

“It shows the passion local young people have for the environment, with hundreds of school children involved in collecting debris from local beaches which has now been repurposed into artwork.

“This initiative is a great way to bring the community together to raise the issue of rubbish on our coastlines, while also learning skills from talented local artists.”

The art installation, which is best seen in the dark, will be on display at the Port Fairy Botanic Gardens on 10, 11 and 12 January, with the launch event taking place Friday 10 January, 6-9pm. Live music, a roving performance and a food van will be onsite for the launch.

Following the installation in Port Fairy, the sculpture will travel to Beaufort for the Rainbow Serpent Festival.