Newcastle Herald

Artist sends message in the waste of our time

Author: By GREG RAY
Date: 09/10/2009
Words: 252
Source: NCH
          Publication: Newcastle Herald
Section: News
Page: 22
DAYS spent picking up litter between Bar Beach and Nobbys have produced an artwork many might not appreciate.

Patrick Jones, artist in residence at Newcastle's Lock-Up, his partner Meg Ulman and seven-year-old son Zephyr, say their impressive pile of non-putrescibles on the floor of the former prisoners' exercise yard in Hunter Street isn't designed to put Novocastrians in a bad light.

"This is fairly typical of any industrial city, but it certainly makes you stop and think," Mr Jones said.

The visiting artists, from the Victorian town of Daylesford, hope their work will help raise awareness of the volume of waste that is discarded.

"We want to remind people that we live in a 'broken cycle' economic system where much of the waste we generate can't go back to the earth in an ecologically healthy way," Mr Jones said.

With their residence winding up in a few days, the family plans to sort its haul and arrange for as much as possible to be recycled.

"Unfortunately a lot of it isn't recyclable and the fact is that our recycling systems are nowhere near as efficient as a lot of people believe," Mr Jones said.

He said only six discarded syringes were found among the litter.

The artists have established a blog about their work at

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