Wingecarribee Shire Council is set to celebrate Earth Hour with a special community event at the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens on Saturday 24 March.
The free event will see the launch of Vessels of Change, a solar powered art installation designed by local artists Heidi McGeoch and Sam Larwill. The exhibition consists of 32 recycled 44 gallon drums with motifs cut into them that reflect elements of the natural earth.
“The artists have deliberately used recycled materials to inspire the onlooker to reflect on alternative sources of energy and to explore how we can breathe new life into materials otherwise viewed as rubbish,” said Council’s Cultural Development Officer, Jenny Kena.
“The end result is a truly beautiful exhibition that promises to intensify as the sun sets.”
Children attending the exhibition will get the opportunity to work with Heidi and make their own solar powered lanterns while parents can speak with local renewable energy providers and experts from the Office of Environment and Heritage.
“The evening will also feature live music and light refreshments can be purchased at the venue,” Ms Kena added. “So make sure to bring along your picnic hamper, rug or comfy chair.”
Vessels of Change will be staged within the grounds of the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens from 6pm until 9.30pm on Saturday 24 March 2018.
Entry to the Vessels of Change exhibition is free but bookings are essential. Visit www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/earth-hour to confirm your place.
Earth Hour is the world’s largest grassroots environmental movement where landmarks and communities switch off their lights to show their support for a brighter future for the planet.
Residents unable to attend the exhibition in the Botanic Gardens can still show their support for the global cause by switching off their lights between 8.30pm and 9.30pm on Saturday 24 March.
For more information visit the website or phone Council’s Cultural Development Officer on phone 4868 0855.
The Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens are located on the corner of Kangaloon and Old South Roads, Bowral.
Vessels of Change is proudly supported by Wingecarribee Shire Council, the Southern Highlands Botanic Gardens and the NSW State Government’s Country Arts Support Program administered by Regional Arts NSW and STARTS – Southern Tablelands Arts.