Turning Ordinary into extraordinary



May 1 2021

Artist Statement Panel Design

Janine’s corten steel panel designs will be installed at Cannibal Creek Reserve at the start of the walking trail circuit, the site where the second free community workshop was run. This was a fun Environmental Sculpture workshop in May 2021 at Cannibal Creek Reserve along the walking trail under old pine trees, a remnant tipping area from decades earlier, so it was not an environmentally sensitive area giving us the freedom to explore. Using natural materials mostly sourced from the site, we had fun using our collective imagination to create a space with some interesting installations. The day started by construction of a ball out of fern fronds. The main space was transformed into an imagined waterway containing a resemblance to an indigenous fish trap structure but many other isolated structures were made on the day. There was also a talk about the history of the Reserve by local George Fry.

The aim for the workshop was to engage in a playful way with the environment and to transform the ordinary into something else, non-functional but pleasing and curious. One testimony from the day was that it was the enjoyable feeling of being a child playing on the beach, something he hadn’t experienced for many decades.

 (Tom, local dairy farmer).

Main installation created by the group of participants as a team 01/05/2021.

The installation vision was to replicate a woven fish trap but the barbed wire roll sourced from the site was to symbolise Colonisation.

Concept and pre-workshop preparation by Janine Good with some helping friends.

Site preparation the day before. I needed the roll of rusty barbed wire stood up to create the opening for the ‘fish trap’ construction.

BELOW: George Fry, President of Cannibal Creek Reserve Committee of Management gives a tour of the walking trail and talks about environmentally sensitive areas.

Some participants who enjoyed the workshop

David, Lyn, Janine, Sue and Garry.

Photo: Sue Jarvis


This deer head with its unique hay-bale hair-do was significant as a symbol of feral destruction of our bushland.

Photo: Sue Jarvis

Photo: Sue Jarvis

Photo: Sue Jarvis