Turning the Pages

Turning the Pages is an environmental art project that focuses on raising awareness and appreciation for the Pages River in the Upper Hunter Valley. In 2007 I was part of a team of artists and volunteers who worked with school children to explore the importance and nature of the river through making a series of artworks that interpreted the ‘inhabitants’ of the river. These works were then put together to form River Quiver.

River Quiver is a major environmental wind responsive artwork made by 180 children from five local schools designed and coordinated by the artists from the Jennifer Turpin Studio in Sydney. 180 lightweight, translucent sculptures represent the native inhabitants of the river, hung from structures made of local river plants, the creatures ‘swam’ and ‘flew’ along the river for a day of festivities on the 18th November 2007.

River Quiver organised by Jade Oakley artwork image

art materials: 

  • bamboo
  • fabric
  • found objects
  • plastic

community art: 

  • Turning the Pages

art discipline: 

  • sculpture

Photograph by: 

Claire Morgan

Date: 

2007

Dimensions: 

sculptures each roughly 1200 x 1800 x 1200

Location: 

Installed along the Pages River, Murrarundi, Hunter Valley NSW