Moving sculptures unveiled at the reservoir

NEXT time you wander Kennington Reservoir, keep your eyes peeled for new facilities swaying in the breeze.

Sculptures floating in the lake, decorated trees and hanging fabric installations make up the Kinetic: art that movesexhibition, with contributions from local artists Yvonne George, Andre Sardone, Roz Effenberg, Sharon Greenaway and Troy Firebrace.

Greater Bendigo City Creative Communities Coordinator Maree Tonkin said the artists were inspired by the area and the natural movement of the environment.

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,” she said.

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

Ms Tonkin said that while the dossier was simply a movement in art, the artists all included sustainability and care for local landscapes in their designs.

“Kinetic brings together floating sculptures, fabrics and decorated trees to create thought-provoking installations with recycled materials used for some installations,” she said.

“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.”

Artwork by artist Yorta Yorta Troy Firebrace was co-created by Kindergarten students Shine Bright Kennington, creating water-based chandeliers and painting dead trees found near the bush.

He said that the artwork was developed using knowledge ideas passed down from generation to generation.

“The large tree stumps along the trail represent the elders,” he said.

“Their towering stature above ground level catches your eye, underground their roots hold up the earth along the edges of the waterways, holding the country’s stories together.

“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.