Wood: art design architecture winner

Monday, 2nd Sep 2013

Ruminating on recycled rum barrels is a winner in the WOOD: art design architecture exhibition.

A description of a sculpture made from recycled rum barrels took the first prize of an iPad in the Wood. Naturally Better.™ sponsored competition at the Adelaide Jam Factory’s touring exhibition, WOOD: art design architecture, currently in Launceston.

The exhibition comprises 28 exhibits, showcasing work by contemporary Australian artists, designers and architects. It represents a cross-section of current creative practices, modes of thinking and relationships to this fundamental material and combines furniture and functional objects, sculptural works (including wood carving by Indigenous artists), interiors and architectural work. The exhibition looks at the use of wood through three lenses; place and identity, sustainability and ecology, craftsmanship and technology.

In conjunction with the exhibition, Wood. Naturally Better.™ sponsored a people’s choice prize, in which entrants could vote for one exhibit and explain the reason for their choice. The winner was chosen by the exhibition’s curators.

Curator, Brian Parkes said, “Some terrific responses - I actually enjoyed reading them all. The competition has been a great addition to the project - congratulations to all involved.”

The winning exhibit was Christina Waterson’s COLONY 2010. A geometric work made from New Zealand Kauri pine, recycled from rum vats used in the Pyrmont distillery in the 1890’s.

The winning entry, penned by Jacinta Dimase, described it thus:

“This piece is a beautiful marriage of geometry and the natural beauty of wood. It reminded me that nature is full of mathematical equations of shape, structure, and design and that a simple thing like a tree is really a creation of breathtaking complexity.”

Wood. Naturally Better.™ congratulates Jacinta and would like to thank the hundreds of other entrants who provided many thoughtful responses. 

You can view the exhibits here.

The remaining exhibition tour venues and dates are:

Bathurst Regional Art Gallery - Bathurst, NSW. 25 October - 8 December 2013

Lake Macquarie City Art Gallery - Lake Macquarie, NSW. 14 Feb – 28 April 2014

QUT Art Museum - Brisbane, QLD. 9 May – 6 July 2014

Kick Arts - Cairns, QLD. 18 July – 14 September 2014

Object The Australian Design Centre - Sydney, NSW. 4 October  - 14 December 2014


Did you know?

In 2008 seventy percent of known old-growth trees are in nature conservation reserves.