Barbara Dover
Call of the Running Tide
Works

Call of the Running Tide

NorthSite Contemporary Arts & Port Douglas 2021

Call of the Running Tide Environmental Sculpture and Multimedia Festival, a curated event and an invitation by artists to engage meaningfully with the unique ecosystems from the rainforest to the reef in far north Queensland, informed viewers of current local and global environmental threats.
The Port Douglas event involved thirty-eight interstate, regional and local artists who created multiple sculptures and multimedia works which were displayed in Rex Smeal Park, on the Flagstaff Hill walk, at the Northern end of Four Mile Beach and in Port Douglas Community Hall and grounds.

Artist Statement - Barbara Dover

The body of work for Call of the Running Tide 2021 uses plastic debris that has been collected from the coast of Queensland as material. The plastic material is the plastic that has been floating around in the sea and is threatening the ecology of the oceans. Countries around the world are struggling to manage current volumes of plastic waste as plastic debris pollutes deep ocean basins, marine and freshwater ecosystems while, at the same time, new plastic production is being accelerated by investment in petrochemical industries.
The works produced from the plastic debris engage with the devastation of marine plastic pollution and with the increasing recognition of the impact of climate change, rising sea levels, coastal development and over´Čüshing.

Adrift

Adrift
Found plastic disposable lighters
8 x 150 x 150 cm

Adrift (detail)

Adrift (detail)
Found plastic disposable lighters
8 x 150 x 150 cm

Adrift (detail)

Adrift (detail)
Found plastic disposable lighters
8 x 150 x 150 cm

In Memoriam

In Memoriam
Found marine debris, plastic packaging tags, wire
20 x 55 x 55 cm

Illuminate

Illuminate
Found marine plastic hard hats, found wire fish net, LED lights
40 x 85 x 85 cm

Illuminate

Illuminate
Found marine plastic hard hats, found wire fish net, LED lights
40 x 85 x 85 cm

Illuminate

Illuminate (detail)
Found marine plastic hard hats, found wire fish net, LED lights
40 x 85 x 85 cm

Images Michael Marzik and Epic Media