ANOTHER LIFE TO LIVE: Lismore City Council’s waste education officer Tim Danaher and artist Karl deWaal with a spontaneous sculpture made from old bikes, to promote the council’s Trash to Art workshop.
ANOTHER LIFE TO LIVE: Lismore City Council’s waste education officer Tim Danaher and artist Karl deWaal with a spontaneous sculpture made from old bikes, to promote the council’s Trash to Art workshop. Andy Parks

Turning trash into works of art

ONE person's trash is another's treasure and Lismore City Council is encouraging anyone with an artistic flair to take part in their first Trash to Art workshop.

Working with Lismore-based artist Karl deWaal, the idea is that participants can rummage through discarded objects at the Revolve shop and turn them into a personal masterpiece.

Once you have selected what you need from the old chimney flues, TVs, pumps, springs, fencing posts, toys and other assorted detritus, you can take it to a welder who will be on-site all day to help you turn your artistic vision into a reality.

Karl works extensively with found objects and says there are two approaches:

"The first is that you have an idea and then source material for it, the other is that you stumble across material and allow it to take you to a new place, or a combination of both."

He said the focus of the day would be on fun and making something that people could take home in the back of a car.

"Art is easy; it should be something you enjoy. You don't need to get besotted with the end result," Karl said.

Council waste education officer Tim Danaher said trash art could be found in many modern galleries, but was just at home in the backyard.

"I think there's a real beauty in being able to create something new and artistic from something that would otherwise have sat in landfill.

"Trash art is good for the planet and good for our souls."

He hopes to make the workshop an annual event and plans to have a regional trash art competition running next year.

"We're hoping to open it up to competition with prize money and different categories, and getting all of the other regional councils on board," he said.

Trash to Art

The workshop will be held on Saturday, November 16, from 9-2pm. It is free and includes lunch and there will also be a face painter for the kids.

Places are limited to 50 people so registration is necessary by phoning 1300 87 83 87.


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