Artist: Julie Lucato

Aluminium and steel cans: industrial, utilitarian, cold. Production lines churning out hundreds of identical units by the second in a hot, steamy, noisy manufacturing facility. An example of humankind’s great strength in harnessing the world’s resources and subjecting them to form-changing processes. Rainforest: organic, peaceful, beautiful, diverse. A kaleidoscope of colours, the scent of flowers and moss, the sound of running water and birdsong. Evolved over millions of years, uncountable different species inhabiting the same space and time to create a self-sustaining ecosystem. I took on the challenge to create the natural from the industrial. Plants and flowers from beer and soft drink cans. Rocks from tin lids and bottle caps. Tree bark from bar codes. Birds from ring pulls. The beautiful from the utilitarian.

Region: Bathurst