Local artist Christine Holden won the Judge's Choice award in the Sculptures by Gladstone Harbour competition, part of the Boyne Tannum HookUp
Local artist Christine Holden won the Judge's Choice award in the Sculptures by Gladstone Harbour competition, part of the Boyne Tannum HookUp

Artists turn trash into treasure

A COMPETITION had Gladstone residents turn marine debris into art.

The Sculptures by Gladstone Harbour winners were announced at last weekend’s Boyne Tannum HookUp.

Local artist Christine Holden took out the judge’s choice award and primary school student Ruby Davison won the people’s choice award.

Local artist Christine Holden won the Judge's Choice award with her Minnamurra Totem, a symbol of respect for country and surrounding oceans.
Local artist Christine Holden won the Judge's Choice award with her Minnamurra Totem, a symbol of respect for country and surrounding oceans.

Apart from bragging rights as the inaugural winners, they also won a trip to Heron Island.

HookUp president Jennifer McGuire said the sculptures were of a high standard.

“They’re not only quality in visual appeal but also quality for the environmental messaging they both sent,” Ms McGuire said.

Primary school student Ruby Davison won the People's Choice award for her seahorse sculpture, chosen because it’s one of many animals harmed by marine debris.
Primary school student Ruby Davison won the People's Choice award for her seahorse sculpture, chosen because it’s one of many animals harmed by marine debris.

Covid-19 had interrupted exhibition plans, so Ms McGuire encouraged people to start preparing their entries now for 2021.

“You don’t have to be an artist, just give it a go,” she said.