Lake Macquarie City Council commissions art installations for Living Smart Festival on September 23

IN THE BREEZE: Artist Ken O’Regan's Everlastings/Colourfield 2008-2017, features hundreds of plastic lids and bottle tops to form a colourful ‘garden bed’. Picture: Supplied
IN THE BREEZE: Artist Ken O’Regan's Everlastings/Colourfield 2008-2017, features hundreds of plastic lids and bottle tops to form a colourful ‘garden bed’. Picture: Supplied

THE works of Hunter artists will feature prominently at next month’s Living Smart Festival.

Lake Macquarie City Council has commissioned two sustainably-focused artworks to help enliven this year’s event space.

Everlastings/Colourfield by Ken O’Regan and Terrarium by artist duo Peter Sesselmann and Stevi Cannon were selected by a panel of judges to feature at the festival.

Council’s cultural services manager, Jacqui Hemsley, said the successful commissions each had an interactive element.

“Living Smart Festival is about spreading a message of sustainability by encouraging festival-goers to play an active role in caring for our natural environment, reducing resource and waste consumption, and protecting our community from environmental hazards,” Ms Hemsley said.

CONCEPT DESIGN: Peter Sesselmann and Stevi Cannon's 'Terrarium' will be unveiled at the Living Smart Festival at Speers Point Park. Picture: Supplied

CONCEPT DESIGN: Peter Sesselmann and Stevi Cannon's 'Terrarium' will be unveiled at the Living Smart Festival at Speers Point Park. Picture: Supplied

“These tactile and interactive installations, made primarily from recycled materials, reflect this hands-on approach to sustainability and will be a stunning addition to the festival space on the day.”

O’Regan’s work, Everlastings/Colourfield, brings together hundreds of plastic lids and bottle tops to form a colourful ‘garden bed’ that sways with the breeze.

Festival-goers will be able to contribute to the work by creating their own ‘flowers’ at workshops held throughout the day.

Standing at more than three metres tall, Sesselmann and Cannon’s Terrarium takes inspiration from the Australian native bottle tree.

Recycled plastic water bottles containing live seeds are suspended from protruding ‘branches’ and the structure is wrapped in plastic bags.

The Living Smart Festival will be held in Speers Point Park on Saturday, September 23.

The festival attracts more than 20,000 people annually.

It is Lake Macquarie’s largest environmentally-focused community event.

  • For more information about the festival, visit lakemac.com.au.