CAPtivting creations – recycled art

At Art4All this year we decided to do a recycled plastic lid project.  

We were inspired by Choi Jeong Hwa’s Mandela Of Flowers 2015 at the Queensland Art Gallery that enabled people to immerse themselves in plastic lids, see?

But … we wanted something permanent from our Community Art Project this year.  On Pinteret I found lots of great things made from recycled plastic lids.
Like this.

And this.

But we all (the Art4All Committee) agreed we were most inspired by this.


So we put the call out and everyone at school started collecting.  Over 2 months we filled 4 wheelie bins with lids.

And then we got a parent to weld 6 frames like this.

And we cut about 600 branches from wire and bent one end over (to avoid eye injuries).  And then we had a ‘drilling-bee’ and drilled holes in all the lids.

Finally we let the kids start threading …


Our tree branches are a combination of plastic lids and wooden beads, with a few CDs thrown in for good measure.


We made a lot of progress over the weekend.



The project appealed to kids young and old.  And lots of adults helped wind the branches on to the frames.


Great huh?  Our 6 beautiful plastic trees are now being tidied up, with all poky wire being rewound so the trees are safe.  Then they are going to be planted with concrete in pots and placed in our school grounds.  

What a great legacy of Art4All 2016!  Don’t you think?

One comment

  1. Wow! What an amazing project! And brilliant result. The Afterschool program at primary school last year made a great wall mural from lids the kids collected, it turned out really well.

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