EMC Lifestyle – The REAL Deal store on William Street will be enlisting the help of a piano player, cat and other permanent volunteers in sending the message of recycle and reuse to Smiths Falls and area residents.
These characters form part of the soon-to-be installed junk art pieces that will hang on the exterior of the REAL Deal store.
“The panels should be up by Sept. 30, we’re hoping,” said Val Hudson, local artist and creator of the seven panels.
Each panel is weather proofed, bolted and glued on for security and features their own unique theme such as: Cat on a hot tin roof, the piano man, the garden, pond, waste and the queen. What makes these colourful images so spectacular is that they are constructed out of items from around the house and industrial plants.
“Everything on here is from something else that was going to be thrown away,” Hudson said.
She hopes the panels will spark discussion about our throw away society particularly in a time when the largest population is aging and looking to downsize.
“There’s going to be a tremendous amount of junk,” Hudson suspects.
But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are many ways to use unwanted items if we just get our creative hats on. That was the challenge before Hudson these past four months when she worked on the gathering and development of each panel.
My biggest asset has been Bruce (McLeod),” Hudson added of her partner who has worked to secure each item to the hollow door canvas. “It’s wonderful to have Bruce work with me.”
The easiest panel for Hudson to create was the Cat on the Hot Tin Roof that involves two panels with a flower pot complete with a potato masher turned flower.
“What an amazing process,” Hudson said of the project’s development. “You go and try to find a way to make your imagination and the object come alive.”
Some items had a touching life of their own before being integrated into the exterior art panels. Hudson gently touched one of the wooden ducks that is perched on the reeds in her pond piece. These pieces were made by her partner’s father who has since passed away.
NAME THAT JUNK
The panels are made up of a multitude of items that have found a new home in Hudson’s art work. To launch the fantastic art project, a public contest will be held called Name That Junk. From Sept. 30 – Oct. 22, 2011 visitors will be encouraged to head down to the REAL Deal and guess what each panel is made of. The person with the most correct guesses will win a prize! Seeing some new faces at the store will be the ultimate prize for REAL members.
“We’re hoping that the art work will bring much more people in to discover the REAL Deal,” said Karen Schecter, REAL board secretary, in a previous interview.
All the panels will be weighed by REAL to go towards the amount of waste they have been able to divert from the landfill.
The art project came to life this spring when an anonymous benefactor donated $5,000 for this purpose.