Wickepin Bird Park Opening

Posted on: Friday, 19 May 2017 at 10:35:58 AM


The Wickepin Sculpture Project engaged artist Neil Elliott in a 6 day residency based in Wickepin between September and October 2016. Neil facilitated a series of weekend sculpture workshops with local residents using repurposed wood, found objects, farm junk and recycled materials. 

The workshops were held at a project art space created in the Wickepin She Shed He Shed community space. The art space was open to visitors and provided inspiration and the sharing of ideas between participants as well as a central place for discussions with the artist-in-residence. A key component of the project was to motivate and inspire those in the community and to create engagement and conversation.

Participants were able to work on their own individual sculpture project and a community sculpture component of the project.  An important element of the sculpture residency was to create a community sculpture.  Using the skills developed in the workshops, community members collected materials and used these to create an outdoor sculpture.

The community sculpture created has been called the ‘Bird Park’ and has been installed along the Wickepin Heritage Walk Trail. A series of local ‘birds’ has been created from the found and recycled objects. They have been attached to salvaged Western Power poles creating a striking upright sculpture.

Neil Elliott, artist-in-residence, provided a brief to the participants prior to the workshop explaining the focus on regional bird life and the idea of creating fun sculptural pieces. He encouraged community discussion on the subject matter. Neil provided photographs of completed projects to inspire community thought and interaction on an outcome. Neil worked closely with workshop participants and Shire of Wickepin staff throughout the weekends to help refine ideas and assist in determining the form of the community sculpture. 

Shire would like to acknowledge the funding support of Community Arts Network WA.

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