Green artist has a lotta of bottle(s)
Transforming a thousand thrown away plastic bottles into a thought-provoking installation has won a Teignmouth sculptor the first ever environmental art prize offered by South West Water.
'Green, Green House' was constructed using over a thousand plastic drinks bottles collected over four months by artist Jane Burt from Teignmouth.
The completed work is a recyclable reinterpretation of a traditional greenhouse and was the judging panel's choice to win the £1,000 first prize for entrants to TRAIL – the annual summer open air environmental art sculpture exhibition on the South West Coast Path between Dawlish and Teignmouth.
Jane's award winning work can now be seen in the grounds of the Langstone Cliff Hotel at Dawlish Warren next to the coast path.
She said: "These bottles just piling up are such a waste and I noticed we were all consuming a huge number of them. I thought I could make something practical like a greenhouse so family and friends began collecting them for me.
"Someone has already asked me if they can put the greenhouse in their garden to grow tomatoes when TRAIL is over."
Visitors walking on the path can also examine dozens of other environmental sculptures including one on the ferry between Shaldon and Teignmouth until September 2. There is also an indoor exhibition of works for sale at Tomorrows in Teignmouth.
South West Water made its first venture into environmental art sponsorship to promote its regionwide water conservation message and to support its ongoing 'Bin it, Don't Flush it' campaign to encourage safe disposal of waste and prevent sewer blockages.
Chief Executive Chris Loughlin said: "TRAIL is an outstanding and fun opportunity to make people think in a positive way about their role in the environment while they are enjoying its benefit."
Published: 31 August 2007