BEECHWORTH sculptor Jo Voigt is chasing contributions of clean, recyclable plastic drink bottles for a major installation she’s creating for next week’s Golden Horseshoes Festival’s Golden Art Fair.
Jo is using the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles and chicken-wire netting to build a large art piece called ‘Liquid gold’. It will feature at the entrance to the fair in Beechworth Soldiers’ Memorial Hall which is expected to be a major drawcard from March 31 to April 2 during the town’s Golden Horseshoes’ Easter festival.
Jo said the work would point to the high intrinsic cost and environmental costs of bottled water, which has been at the heart of a contentious campaign in the Stanley community in the past four years.
The community has wanted to protect its groundwater for productive agricultural use but late last year the Victorian Appeal Court rejected its bid to have a decision by the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal that allowed water to be taken for bottling overturned.
Jo said the installation also tapped bottles’ centuries-old use as a means by which someone in distress could launch a message of help or rescue.
Golden Art Fair will feature smaller works by Jo and other North East artists will also participate, including spinner and weaver Rose Gardner, Beechworth printmaker Chris Dormer, Goulburn and North East Arts Alliance members Jacquie Coupe, Isobelle Sirianni, Kathy Whelan and Maggie Hollins, artist and illustrator H. Fish, painters Inga Hanover, Tania Sutton and Kay Hampton, photographers Pamela Thomas and Holly Borschman, basket-maker Jan Clements and quilter Maureen Cooper.
The fair will be open daily between 10am and 4pm. Bottles can be left in wheelie bins near Splatoons’ cartoon shop in Beechworth’s High Street.
See http://www.beechworthgoldenhorseshoes.com.au/program for more information.