Hand-made recycled art a fresh look for Katanning Town Square

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Colin Thorne with his creation
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The Katanning Town Square has been decorated with hand-made community displays made from recycled materials crafted during the 2021 Great Southern Blooms Festival.

The Southern Art and Craft Trail stopped off in Katanning between September 25 and October 10 for four soft materials community art installation projects.

Each artwork, created using recycled plastic materials, has been suspended among the trees and infrastructure in the town square.

Many of the recycled materials were donated by Emu Lane Coffee Cart’s Julie Harris to help create “imaginative and meaningful” public pieces.

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Great Southern photographic artist Colin Thorne created his own art work by drilling holes in lids and piecing them together.

The workshop was hosted by Borden-based artist Jill O’Meehan.

“Using art to activate a site can bring new excitement to the setting,” she said.

“The project also created an opportunity for local residents to create some imaginative and joyful, colourful objects that everyone can admire.

“I hope people enjoy watching how they spin and swing in the breeze or catch the shadow patterns cast on the ground.”

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