St Canice’s Catholic School in Katoomba have become involved in the international Sculptural exhibition at Scenic World Katoomba and have put together a whale out of recyclable materials.
Nestled in the Jurassic rainforest, 20-plus sculptural pieces will be displayed for a four-week period during April and May and ‘Canice and the Plastic Reef’ is one of the exhibits.
St Canice’s students, staff and parents have been busy creating the whale and reef for the exhibit and wanted to investigate its impact on the environment.
Principal Mark Geerligs said they looked at how much plastic they use and how this effects sea life.
‘Our aim was to draw attention to the plight of humpback whales and the devastation and loss of reefs and sea life through their own over consumption and disposal of plastics,” he said.
‘Even though we are the furthest school in the Diocese from the ocean, we see this as an important issue.
‘Canice’ the humpback whale, was chosen as the focal point, surrounded by a plastic reef, using both up-cycled and reclaimed materials.
The material sourced from the local waste management facility, local second hand and charity shops, previous display at last year’s Sculptures at Scenic World, things lying around at home and plastics bags, lids and toothbrushes collected by the school community.
The students are exploring the topics of Ghost Fishing, The Great Pacific Garbage Swirl, and sustainability and how from their throw-away society, can not only turn waste into incredible works of art but also reduce our impact on our seas.
The students and staff also created a sound scape which complements the world Canice lives in.