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The World is Your Oyster, Artist - Kim Simon, Materials 7000 oyster shells and steel armature


Turning Trash to Treasure Exhibition

Our Turning Trash to Treasure exhibition has asked local artists to find the treasure in the trash and create something beautiful from what would otherwise end up as Market waste.

The final pieces will be on display for two weeks during Sustainable September. The idea came from local artist Kim Simon who used more than 7,000 oyster shells from Aptus Seafood and steel armature to create the beautiful sculpture (pictured) titled The World is Your Oyster.

Where: SO:ME Space, South Melbourne Market
When: Market days (Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun), Wed 20 September – Sun 1 October 2017
Cost: Free, just take a wander through and enjoy!

Most of the works on display will be for sale, price list will be available.

Exhibiting Artist Information

Michael Hanley – Upswitch

Cupsphere, 2017

 Disposed coffee cups, lighting components, wire

It’s apparent that we now live in a world where a quick hit of coffee is all that’s needed to stay on the move. But what happens to all the cups we dispose of?

Cupsphere has been designed to show people just how many cups are thrown to waste. It is hoped that viewers will consider what a world covered in coffee cups will look like.


Jw Lowe

Score for the Road, 2017

 Mixed media

Score for the Road treats shards of recycling glass like jewels and uses them to represent musical notation in a graphic score.  It responds directly to John Adams’s Road Movies, eliciting a sense of movement, musicality, play and a little dangerous adventure.

Mat Vaughan

 Ink Drip Coffee, 2017

 Non-toxic water-based inks, rice paper, rice glue, pallets, coffee cups, waste material

Ink Drip Coffee is a lesson in how anything can become inspiration for art and creativity…even an old milk crate and coffee cup! It’s about bringing people of all ages and skills together with one common purpose: to make incredible artwork out of the unexpected and turn trash into treasure! It’s about reusing, repurposing and rethinking.  It’s about colours, creativity and vibrancy.

Sarah Mackay

 Think of Me, 2017

 Discarded plastic, plastic bags and recycled computers

Meet Barry Reef! This large turtle made from plastic highlights the scourge of plastic in our oceans.

Sarah worked at Green Peace in Amsterdam several years ago.  Cleaning up the oceans and reducing waste is a cause very close to her heart and an opportunity to display this through her art was very an exciting opportunity for her.

Sarah would like to see plastic bags banned in Victoria as they pose a very real threat to sea life.

Carolyn Cardinet

 Fish Trap, 2017

 Single-use packaging, netting & metal

I collect discarded and unnoticed objects; the rejected mass-produced plastic objects of everyday life. Reclaiming, transforming, assembling everyday objects into sculptural forms to explore human relationship with the natural environment which they harm.

FISH TRAP is a description of the near future where nettings in our oceans will collect millions of plastics instead of fish declining population.

Carolyn Menzies

Cascade, 2015

Steel and plastic bags

This work is a celebration of a near future – one that here at South Melbourne Market is tantalising close as support grows for the banning of the plastic bag as we shift towards a more ecologically sustainable future.

Growing up behind the corner shop I can chart the rise and fall of the plastic bag within my own lifetime. The tide is turning for the plastic bag and these luminous and translucent market bags cascade gently from the ceiling to mark its final swan song.

Kim Simon

The World is your Oyster – II, 2017

Oyster shells from Aptus Seafood, steel armature and cable ties.

Were there pearls in the oysters in the pearl?

The world is your oyster – II is a play on context and beauty. There is potential and beauty in everything. What we make of a situation and how we perceive and experience events influences the beauty we create and absorb.

Tristan Tait

You are what you eat, 2017

Disposable coffee cups

Recent statistics highlight the ever increasing amount of plastic that enters the ocean every day, a lot of this plastic is also single use. This sculpture aims to subtly reflect on the build-up of plastics in our marine life and the everyday use of non-biodegradable materials.

Jhess Knight – Trash Puppets

Heads down, bums up! 2017

An assortment of everyday trash used at the Market.

Jhess is a professional puppeteer and puppet maker.

When she thinks of South Melbourne, she thinks of dogs, in all shapes and sizes. An incredibly dog friendly community, it was a huge part of why she moved to this area three years ago and has not left!

The market is no exception, always seeing gorgeous dogs hanging around the outside taking in all the sights and smells.

Suellen Wilkie

 Prescient, 2017

Transformed plastic shopping bags, fishing line.

Suellen’s sculpture strives to create a poetic discourse which might encourage the viewer to give compassionate contemplation to the fragility of both human beings and the natural world:  To recognize the fractured person in a fractured environment.

The theoretical discussion that is generated by the human manipulation of nature and each other is a key element of her work.

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