24-25 Jul 2024

Plastic Coral – Sustainable Art at AWRE (Part 3)

Aug 6, 2017

We sat down with Maria Gallo, curator and artist for a behind the scenes making of the ‘PLASTIC CORAL’ art piece that will come to life at AWRE 2017.

How has it come together?
The art work has been a slow process due to the nature of having to go around town collecting leads, however it is finished and ready to go.


How did the project evolve over the time? Was it different from what you set out to make?
The project evolved very organically, I had mapped out the panels basing it of a coral photo and colour gradients, so I would use the colour lids that I had collected first in sections until it was all finished. It came really close to what I had envisioned, which was lucky.


What do you hope people will think/respond to?
I hope that people can engage with it because visually is really entertaining but also brings up a awareness of creating with ready made, recycling materials. I hope that I can get more commission artworks such as these so we can spread recyclable art around the city and we stop using new materials because we already have so much that we can reuse.


What impact do you want this to have on peoples recycling/thoughts on sustainability?
I hope people realize that there are various ways to use materials that have a different purpose. I have inspired some people around me to do the same type of project because it can really lit up the spaces and lids aren’t recycled which is something that the majority of people don’t know.


How can people learn more about your sustainable art projects?
The internet is a really great way to find projects and like minded artist, there’s all sorts of recycled, reused and sustainableart projects. Melbourne has a lot to give in that respect.


Read part one and part two of the Sustainable Art series at AWRE.


See Plastic Coral come to life live at AWRE 2017. Register FREE now!


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