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ReVive resuscitates old rubbish into new art

Moruya’s Susan Bomball is the winner of the 2017 ReVive Art Prize, impressing the judges with her sculpture, “Bill”.

Made from reclaimed tools, chains, metal drill bits and materials from the Council hardwaste clean up, Susan’s piece is a memorial to a favourite horse.

Her winning sculpture is among 48 artworks on display until this Thursday at the Mechanics Institute in Moruya.

“Absolutely splendid” is how Council’s creative arts coordinator Indi Carmichael described the exhibition, which opened to a packed house last Thursday night.

The artists had been challenged to create artworks out of materials reclaimed from the waste stream for the $4,000 first prize.

Indi said the nature of the prize lends itself to playfulness.

“The variety of works is impressive,” she said.

“The number of 3D works shows that more and more people are exploring that medium. Sculpture is definitely having a moment.”

Indi said Susan was “thrilled to pieces” to be announced the winner.

“Because the piece is very personal to her it was a lovely affirmation of her creative effort. I believe it was her first attempt at this style of work and her first-ever welding job.”

The ReVive Art Prize is in its sixth year and will now become a biennial event in the alternate year to Eurobodalla’s prestigious Basil Sellers Art Prize.

A $500 People’s Choice Award will be announced at the close of the exhibition.

Coinciding with National Recycling Week, the exhibition continues daily from 10am to 4pm at the Mechanics Institute in Page Street, Moruya until Thursday (16 November).

Above: ReVive Art Prize 2017 winning artist Susan Bomball with her sculpture, “Bill”.

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