D’faces of Youth Arts is planting the seeds for a “repurposed” jungle.
D’faces of Youth Arts creative director Deborah Hughes said the Interactive Tactile Sculpture Jungle Installation was about raising environmental awareness and building a sense of community through a collaborative project.
“The Interactive Tactile Sculpture Jungle is a concept that local art practitioner and teacher Silvia Friedrich and I came up with as a way of both engaging a range of community groups in a common project and also incorporate our shared passion for the environment,” she said.
“Much of Silvia’s art practice is around repurposing used and found objects and it is a theme that we have been working with in many D’faces projects over the last 18 months.”
Ms Hughes said both Mission Australia and Flexible Learning Options (FLO) had signed on to the project but was calling for more organisations to get involved.
Ms Hughes said organisations could make any type of flora or fauna with the only restriction being they must be made with “repurposed” materials.
“They can be imagined plants and animals or a reproduction of something that exists,” she said.
“The quantity of resources that we consume in our culture is staggering, even the small things to which we give little thought; where does it all come from and where does it end up?
D’faces has planted the foundations for the project, making tree trunks out of used cardboard found inside carpet rolls and will run workshops in coming months.
The installation will be displayed at Whyalla Public Library.
Whyalla Public Library city librarian Catherine McIntyre said the installation would add extra life to the library.
“Whyalla Public Library is excited at the opportunity to support D’faces creative producer Deborah Hughes and Silvia Freidrich in their Interactive Tactile Sculpture Jungle Installation and will host their display from December 1 throughout the school holidays to January 24,” she said.