While Sculpture by the Sea takes over the Bondi to Tamarama coastal walk, our own Sculpture exhibit has arrived in the Bronte garden – thoughtfully crafted by the kids at the Bronte Early Education Centre. The four and five-year-old preschool class (otherwise known as The Wombats) collaborated with the younger class (The Possums) to work on an art installation of the Murray-Darling river system, exploring three major environmental issues affecting the river and sea life – the drought, water redirection and single-use plastic.
“Our children have become very aware of the drought affecting NSW because we have restricted our use of water for play in our sand pit, unless the rain fills our water tank. Also, one of our teachers recently visited Wilcannia and Broken Hill and saw the effects of irresponsible farming and water redirection on the local wildlife, river, plants and fish. Not to mention how the destruction of this river has impacted the local Barkandji people, whose culture and community life depends on a healthy river.”
“Living close to the ocean, we are always conscious of the amount of single-use plastic we use, which often ends up in the mouths of our beautiful sea life. The Wombat class was (shockingly) able to collect a huge amount of plastic in a few days. We used this plastic to make all kinds of animals that live along the Darling river. The Possum class teachers worked with the children and parents to weave fabric and plastic through a huge piece of netting. This process represented the importance of collaboration in community and its connection with the Darling river.”
The Bronte Early Education Centre Sculpture Exhibit will be on display in the garden until 11th November.