Winners of ephemeral art trail announced
The winners of Pearl Beach Arboretum Ephemeral Art Trail were announced at an Afternoon of Bush Music on Saturday, July 9, in the Pearl Beach Community Hall.
The theme was "Only One Earth".
The winner was "Which Super Wildflower are You?" by local artists Ms Anna Westcott and Ms Cecile Ferguson.
Their artists' statement asked: "Majestic vibrant waratah, melodic velvety flannel flower, brilliant banksia or a wild dancing echinacea?
"May these rising psychedelic flowers inspire us to play more, be vibrant and to care for this land we are lucky to call home."
The second prize went to "Tide Rising" by Ms Jojo Fuller.
She explained her work: "The signature umbrella forms and trailing tentacles of jellyfish, bleached white and suspended in the trees, are a stark reminder that, on earth, even the oldest and most resilient of life forms are fiercely battling for territory, for survival.
"Jellyfish can draw on over 500 million years of collective wisdom.
Scientists confirmed last year that biodiversity is declining faster than at any time in human history.
"We have a choice about what we do next."
The winner of the People's Choice Award was the "Octopus's Garden" by Pearl Beach artist Mr Malcolm Davison.
Malcolm explained "Oceans and waterways have been battered by the floods and storms.
"Plastic has been caught up in this rubbish.
"I want to draw attention to the hazard this brings to our marine creatures".
Colin Husband's giant snake "(Re)presenting Earth" was Highly Commended.
Colin said: "We have a visceral, complicated relationship with snakes.
"Not just here and now, but in old and new cultures on all the lands they slither.
"Is the snake's attention ominous warning or promise of hope?"
The winners were judged by Central Coast Council gallery director Mr Tim Braham.
Media release, 12 Jul 2022
Mary Knaggs, PBEAT