Probably not, in fact most of us would be more inclined to leave that sort of stuff to the recyclers than the artists.

Not so in one of Queensland’s most unique and innovative communities, where a one off donation by Ergon Energy of used cabling and off cuts has been transformed into pieces of art that are simply spectacular.

Late last year, Pormpuraaw Arts and Cultural Centre’s Paul Jakubowski contacted Ergon’s isolated Systems Customer Partnership Team asking if they could donate any materials to be used in the gallery’s sculptures.

“Art is about telling your own story about your individual journey and sculpture has become a very important form of art and expression for the people of Pormpuraaw,” Mr Jakubowski said.

“The wire allows us to make a big form in three dimensions and as these artists are natural weavers, the results have been impressive.”

Artist Simon Norman with barramundi scuplture  

The materials were sourced from our Cairns and Mareeba depots and turned into amazing pieces of art, such as a large barramundi, while work is still underway on a 7.5 metre crocodile.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for Ergon to work with a remote and very talented community to come up with something special,” said Ergon Customer Delivery Manager Far North Charlie Casa.

“While we normally recycle or dispose of scrap metal, we’ve made an exception on this occasion and when you see what was produced, it’s been a real story of success”

The artworks have been shown around Australia and internationally, giving new life to leftovers.

Artist Eric Norman seated with his sculpture 

In short, it’s a modern application of traditional, indigenous totems which leaves you wondering how something so beautiful could be made from items so basic.

“I think this sort of partnership is a fantastic result, it’s been a win-win for everyone concerned,” said Mr Casa.

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