School: All Souls St Gabriels School
Name: Cotton Eyed Josie
What years and classes were involved:
8 Less Talk More Art (art group who meets weekly after school – all students welcome), Students from Year 4-12 have been involved
8 Year 12 Creative Arts class
8 Year 9 & 10 Arts class
8 Year 8 Art classes
Just add a bit of “bull” : Sustainabull – Recyclabull – Mechanabull – Technologibull
We were admittedly a little nervous when we received the news that our school had been allocted the cotton industry. All Souls St Gabriels and many of our students retain a strong association with the cattle industry and so we have “just added a bit of bull” to the project in making it our own. This is represented by the brand ASS2 which is the actual Cattle Club brand for our school. We recognise that to continue within the agricultural industry farmers need to be constantly learning and sharing sustainable farming practices to ensure the longevity of the cotton industry which in turn relates to the “sustainabull” element of our artwork. These are represented by the plants and the aerial images of cotton farming. In a country where water is so precious and crop which potentially requires hot and wet conditions farmers need to provide smart solutions to producing a high yield without wasting water. This relates to the “recyclabull” element of our artwork which is represented by the irrigation pipe which has been attached to the wings and the pipes painted onto the body of the Archibull. Machinery, like farmer has had to evolve and adapt to produce effective outcomes which link with the “mechanabull” aspect of our artwork. This becomes clear when the propeller, wings and bull are transformed to resemble a crop duster. Finally the “technologibull” feature of our artwork makes connections with the close association that technology has with the cotton industry. These have been represented by the computer chips painted on the legs of the structure.
The artwork focuses on the evolving nature of the cotton industry and how farmers have adapted and continue to learn and modify their farming practices to produce the best quality product without compromising the environment. The whole structure has been transformed to represent a crop duster by adding a propeller and wings to the Archibull frame. The wings have had plants and irrigation attached which produce a misted spray when water is pumped through the structure. We would have loved to have had actual cotton plants growing from the planters however time got the better of this project. Pop rivets have been added to the yellow sections of the Archibull to look like the metal bodywork of a plane. Sections of the metal bodywork however have been torn away to reveal aerial images of cotton farming, technological and mechanical elements.
recycled metal scuptures from found and weathered objects
irrigation, copper metal sculpture and water features
mechanimal sculptures and Steampunk artworks
the inner workings of computers, motherboards and microchips
sustainable plants like succulents, hanging gardens and plant sculptures made from found objects, Pinterest, Monsanto calendar photograph
What makes your Archibull unique:
Our Archibull is unique in that it has been transformed to resemble a crop duster while at the same time incorporating sustainable, mechanical, technological and recyclable elements.