'Keep It Wild' Eco-Art Competition

2016 ‘Keep it Wild’ eco-art competition - winners announced

Last Friday at the Cairns Botanic Gardens children from Gordonvale Brownies and Woree, Isabella, Tully, Aloomba, Atherton, and Port Douglas State Schools were recognised for their ingenious use of recyclable materials and clean litter.

Up to 120 pieces of artworks including sculptures, collages and posters were entered into the Wet Tropics Management Authority’s ‘Keep it Wild’ eco-art competition and are now on display at the Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre.

This year’s competition was themed ‘Living Lightly’. The competition, which closed on Friday 22 July, was open to primary-school aged children from across the Wet Tropics region.

Sponsors Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Cairns Harbour & Sunset Cruises presented prizes to competition winners. The winners were:

1.       Lillee Orr from Woree State School who won a Skyrail class pass. Lillee single handedly created an almost life size turtle made from recyclable materials and litter.

2.       Isabella State School, years 3A,B,C will enjoy a Cairns Harbour & Sunset Cruise for their innovative and eye-catching cassowary sculpture.

3.       Isabella State School, years 5C, also, will be treated to a Cairns Harbour & Sunset Cruise for their smart and stylish groper sculpture creation.

Finalists also received prizes from the sponsors and Cairns Regional Council and included:

  • Tully State School (PrepB)  for their two crocodiles called Banyan and Murray

  •  Atherton State School (year 4/5D) for their ‘leave footprints’ creation

  •  Ethan Wienert from Aloomba State School for his ‘crab on island’ sculpture

  • Alexis Bettini from Aloomba State School for her ‘tin animals’ sculpture

  •  Woree State School (year 2A) for their innovative Coral Sea story book

  •  Woree State School (year 2B) for their captivating Litter Bug story book

  •  Gordonvale Brownies for their delightful living lightly collage.

 Wet Tropics Management Authority executive director Scott Buchanan said, “We were delighted at the quality, and the range of important and thought provoking messages that the kids were saying to us through their creative works of art. 

 “We also acknowledge the tremendous support provided by the teachers and parents who help show us the value in holding competition’s like this to educate our future citizens of the Wet Tropics region”, Mr Buchanan added.    

 The eco-art will be on display at the Cairns Botanic Gardens Visitor Centre until Sunday 11 September as part of a ‘Living Lightly’ exhibition, which also provides more information about recycling and sustainable living in the Wet Tropics.

 
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