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Trash Art Challenge

This year, 2012, your arts council will not be holding the Trash Art Challenge. However, we are encouraging you to start planning your pieces for next year when we will be back with this very popular event.

Have you ever looked a pile of rusty old bed springs and thought of something creative to make with them? How about the inner workings of an old VCR? Do you see beauty in things once useful and now discarded?

The Trash Art Challenge is a friendly competition that encourages artists and “non-artists” to consider the creative possibilities of trash. Trash being anything left over from consumer society. Many artists now use these items as the basis for their work, bringing to life objects and materials that no longer serve a usefulness. It is a comment on consumer society as well as a unique statement of our place in nature. As they say, “One person’s trash is another person’s treasure.” The Trash Art Challenge demonstrates that creating unique and thoughtful works of art out of discarded materials is an artform thats time has come. Thanks to the BC Arts Council, Arts BC and RDCK for their continued support of the arts.

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The winners of the 2011 event are as follows:

People’s Choice:
1st Place: Preservation by Copper Chris

2nd Place: I May be Rusty But I Still Know My Incantations by Seamus Grey (from materials gathered from the river)

Artist’s Choice:

1st Place: 20th Century American Fruit Tree by Buck Walker

2nd Place: New Yorker by Rabia

Honourable Mention:

White Trash by Zoe Armstrong and Kristin Dillenbeck (for incorporating styrofoam into their unique installation)

Youth Category:

People’s Choice:

Robot Rob by Evan Walker

Free Entry Next Year and $10 each to Mia Teare, Sophia Lewis, Hazel Veerman, Dylan Smith and Evan Walker.

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