Dulwich High School students out and about on the GreenWay
The GreenWay was a key focus for Dulwich High School of Visual Arts and Design students in 2018.
During term 3, eight students from years 8 to 10 took part in a GreenWay environmental art residency, led by local artists Alessandro Berlini and Adam Galea.
Their objective was to develop environmental art inspired by the GreenWay, using sound and sculpture. The residency involved briefings, a GreenWay walk and six workshops. The students decided to focus on the White Ibis, otherwise known as the “bin chicken”. Loved and loathed in equal measure, these birds are an important part of the ecosystem in an urban environment like the GreenWay. The students decided to create a flock of stylish “inner-westie” bin chickens to draw attention to their tenacity and fearlessness, in the hope that people will learn to appreciate them more in our public places! Student marquettes were displayed at the 2018 GreenWay Art Exhibition and it is hoped these will form the basis for full-size environmental art works to be installed on the GreenWay at later date.
Seven Visual Arts students worked for two years with staff and sculpture mentor Gary Deirmendjian to create “Monolith”, an environmental art work in the shape of a giant bread-clip. Made from over 14,000 discarded bread-clips collected by the school from community members and organisations, the work emphasises the ever growing problem of plastic waste in our society.
“We have learnt valuable real-life lessons in collaboration, problem solving and perseverance, realising just how hard it is to achieve a sculpture of this size and how to prepare it for public presentation.” Georgia (student)
Inner West Council is exhibiting 'Monolith' on a temporary basis in Johnson Park, Dulwich Hill as part of the Art on the GreenWay environmental art program.