And volunteers are needed! Don’t miss this opportunity to be a part of an internationally recognised art project.
Volunteers are being called for to help with various aspects of creating the straw sculptures, including using power tools, preparing the stalks of wheat, and weaving the toba mats. No previous experience is necessary, and there is something that will suit anyone, no matter how fit you are.
Ilsa Bennion, Wara Art Volunteer Coordinator says “The great news is that anyone can be a volunteer on this project, you don’t need any special talent. You will have a lot of fun and we guarantee you will walk away with new skills and lots of new friends”.
Wherever you live in the Wheatbelt or beyond, why don’t you get some friends together and make a day out in York? Stay the night in one of the many bed and breakfast establishments, or dine out in one of York’s pubs or cafes once you’ve finished the rewarding day’s work.
Japanese artists Professor Miyajima, Mr Moriya and Mr Noguchi are working alongside artists that include fibre weaver Fiona Gavino, sculptor Yuko Takahashi, and Ilsa Bennion to create the giant straw Wara sculptures which are to be installed throughout York’s town centre.
The four sculptures being created represent four of Australia’s endangered species. The Murray cod will be huge, and will be accompanied by a numbat, a rakali (water-rat) and a western ground parrot.
Last year four straw sculptures were created which represented a bilby, western swamp tortoise, and white bellied frog.
Professor Shingo Miyajima, Akira Moriya and Masaharu Noguchi, veterans of around twenty five wara art sculptures, have travelled to York to oversee the construction of the new sculpture made using locally sourced wheat straw. A local farmer has donated stooks of the Baroota Wonder variety of wheat, which is ideally suited to the project due to its long stalks.