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From the kitchen cupboard to Kangaroo Bay foreshore

COMMON household objects that could have once cluttered the cupboards of Eastern Shore houses have been upcycled into a new public artwork, recently unveiled on the Kangaroo Bay foreshore.

Commissioned by Clarence City Council, ‘Mooring’ was created by nationally renowned artist and former Eastern Shore resident Donna Marcus, who is known for using discarded kitchenware in her work.

To make ‘Mooring’, Ms Marcus cast a number of discarded household aluminium items – including milkshake cups and jelly moulds – in bronze, then assembled them into patinated towers.

She said the artwork was inspired by her mother’s own domestic innovation in the 1970s while living in Percy Street, Bellerive and draws upon a strong Tasmanian history of ‘making do’ through tenacity, innovation and imagination.

Ms Marcus described ‘Mooring’ as “giving form to the fleeting and small moments of domestic life’’.

“I collected these items for more than two decades from opportunity shops, tip shops and garage sales,” she said.

“’Mooring’ is quite literally cast from household objects, some of which undoubtedly come from the Eastern Shore – ice buckets, soda siphons, patio planters and other familiar objects are all there to be discovered.

“I hope that it will conjure memories when people view the work.”

Clarence Mayor Alderman Doug Chipman said the work was an important step in enhancing the city’s cultural identity through the installation of public art.

“Public art provides a platform for people to come together to share their experiences and build a sense of community,” he said.

“There has been a lot of research examining the positive benefits that public art provides in cities around the world, and as a council, we value the important contribution public art plays in the overall wellbeing of our community.”

More information on the project can be found at www.clarenceartsandevents.net