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 overﬁshing.