Salvage turns the ugly truth of consumerism into something beautiful
Let’s face it – Mother Nature has copped a beating at the hands of her human inhabitants, particularly in modern times. A huge part of this problem is a lack of communication around the subject – sure, we know the bare bones of how to recycle but there’s a heck of a lot more that we could be doing. One of the best ways to illustrate the impact that our junk is having on the environment is by repurposing it into something beautiful (or functional), paving the way for a more sustainable future and a more open conversation. Salvage is Brisbane City Council’s annual recycling art exhibition, heading to the Judith Wright Centre from July 7 to August 19 to prove that with a little imagination you can turn one man’s trash into another man’s treasure.
The challenge for Salvage is this – keen artists are given the task of creating a piece of contemporary art from second-hand shop treasures and reused everyday materials. The only limit to what form it can take is the contestant’s imagination, which is clear to see when you take a look at the finalist entries. As well as the warm and fuzzy feeling of knowing they are promoting sustainability and recycling, there’s an extra benefit to taking part in the show – the public (that’s you and me, folks) get to choose a favourite piece, with the top three artists winning a share of $5000 prize money. See, recycling really is the baller thing to do!
The actual exhibition isn’t the only thing going down at Salvage – there are a whole host of accompanying events and activations surrounding it that are designed to teach us a thing or two about sustainable living. Salvage Saturdays will be running to teach punters how to create magic from tragic (rag rugs and jeanbags, anyone?), you can hunt for second-hand finds on a Valley op-shop trail and even swing by The Pod in Brunswick Street Mall for a series of pop-ups and demos. This is just the tip of the iceberg – you can take a look at the whole jam-packed exhibition program over at the Brisbane City Council website.