Kennington Reservoir celebrates moving art in August

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Floating sculptures, decorated trees and hanging fabric installations to celebrate Kinetic: Art That Moves were unveiled at Kennington Reservoir in Kennington.

Commissioned by the City of Greater Bendigo, local artists Yvonne George, Andre Sardone, Roz Effenberg, Sharon Greenaway and Troy Firebrace created works related to the ideas of physical and emotional movement and connection in art.

The town’s Creative Communities Coordinator, Maree Tonkin, said it was an exciting new public installation that complemented the natural beauty of Kennington Reservoir.

“Kinetic: Art That Moves is a wonderful project where artists draw inspiration from flora, water movement, natural elements and beauty to create a series of installations,” Ms. Tonkin said.

“Kinetic comes from the Greek word kinētikos, which means “of movement”. Art can move us both emotionally and physically. He inspires people to consider what we see, hear, feel, touch, experience when we are touched by art.

“Professional public artists were invited in March to be considered for the multi-site temporary public art project and exhibit artwork at Kennington Reservoir in August.

“I congratulate the successful artists who have been selected during a competitive creative pitch involving a panel. Sustainability and care for local landscapes were at the forefront of all designs in the art created for this project.

“Kinetic brings together floating sculptures, fabric and decorated trees to create stimulating installations with recycled materials used for some installations.

“The works can be seen throughout the day in August and I encourage people to appreciate these unique works of art while walking or biking around the reservoir.”

Troy Firebrace’s works are co-created by children attending Shine Bright Kennington Kindergarten and with the assistance of Janet Bromley, the town’s First Nations Arts Officer.

The students created a weave along the Kindergarten fence and helped Troy Firebrace who painted a series of dead trees found near the Kindergarten adjoining the bush.

Mr. Firebrace said the artwork represented the sharing of knowledge from elders to the next generation.

“The large tree stumps along the trail represent the elders. Their mighty stature above ground level grabs your attention, underground their roots support the earth along the edges of waterways, holding Country’s stories together,” Mr. Firebrace said.

“A chandelier sculpture among the water represents the next generation. As they grow, nurtured by the water, they receive support from the elders who came before them.

Andre Sardone said the reservoir’s natural elements inspired his floating artwork.

“I’m excited about this opportunity to create two public sculptures made of floating trash, activated by wind and water movement. I have used professionally cleaned degassed gas cylinders, parts cut from washing machines, plastic and bottles in my work,” Sardone said.

Yvonne George said her Infinity installation was made from recycled materials using repurposed pool noodles, aluminum foil and solar string lights.

“The infinity symbol represents balance, focus, harmony and peace as well as many other meanings,” Ms George said.

Roz Effenberg was inspired by Japanese-inspired textiles and repurposed existing materials in her installation to breathe new life into them and keep them from burying.

“This installation is made of hand-dyed indigo/shibori silk panels flanked by strips of denim that were salvaged seams from old jeans.”

Sharon Greenaway said she was inspired by the fleeting seasons of local flora for her photographic installation.

“These works of art serve to enhance and encourage enjoyment and appreciation of what the flora of Kennington Reservoir and bushland offers,” Ms Greenaway said.

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