Waste means prizes for artists
TRANSFORMING everyday waste into green art has paid dividends for two artists.
Luci Coles and Maddy Norris are the joint winners of the Artist's Prize for TRAIL - the annual open air environmental sculpture exhibition on the South West Coast Path - sponsored by South West Water. They will share the £1,000 top prize and receive awards made from recycled computer parts.
Trainee healer Maddy Norris's 'Glimshims' are eye-catching transparent 'spirit fish' made from cut-up and reshaped plastic drinks bottles. Maddy was inspired to create her shoal after seeing litter on beaches near her home on the Exe estuary at Shaldon near Teignmouth.
She explained: "It seems to me that plastic water bottles, allowing us the luxury of choice to drink, supposedly, unpolluted water, are having an enormous environmental cost.
"Human kind, although paying lip service to the reduction of carbon footprints, seems to disregard the fact that wildlife and marine life are being needlessly harmed."
Newton Abbot teacher Luci's 'A Thin Divide' was made from building blocks, slate, paint and metals and was inspired by its setting - Jason's Garden at Teignmouth, which was built in memory of Jason Pope, the Devon engineer who vanished after being kidnapped in Angola.
She said: "I was very surprised to win because it's a quiet piece. It was inspired by feelings of hope and memory, so there are pebbles which I have collected from beaches around the world and a dandelion head, which children blow away when they make wishes.
"I called it The Thin Divide, but it is up to people to decide what divide they see, it may be memory and hope or perhaps life and death. It's meant to be a pleasant to look at but I hope people find it thought-provoking."
Other TRAIL winners included 'Not Waving but Drowning...in Plastic' - an almost life-size trawler created from 5,000 shopping bags by the Bishopsteignton Outdoor Art Choice, which romped home with the People's Choice Award, and the 'Wheel of Fortune', which won the Community Prize for the Kingsway Meadow Centre in Teignmouth.
Visitors walking on the coastal path between Dawlish and Shaldon have until this weekend to view dozens of environmental sculptures as part of the TRAIL exhibition. There are also indoor exhibitions at the Carlton Theatre and Tomorrow's in Teignmouth open from 10am to 5pm daily until September 7.
South West Water 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."
September 3, 2008