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Photo: Aroha Groves

Oolong House, a mostly Aboriginal men’s drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre in Nowra NSW, partnered & managed with Bundanon Trust to conduct an art project with residents from June to October 2012. 

It is currently on display in a ‘pop-up’ gallery in the Nowra CBD until December 21. The project employed Glenn Duffield (painting), Aroha Groves (digital) and Mark Willers (sculptural) to conduct workshops with the men to assist them with their recovery from alcohol and drug addiction or crime.

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Photo by: Glenn Duffield (duffriley.com)

The designers worked together with the men to create a single work, made of 4 components: digital animations created from paintings to theme, projected onto Staron® sculptural pieces utilising carved elements designed to feature effective lighting.

Staron® was chosen because of it’s ability to be thermoformed into shapes and its ability to illuminate. The material was used in the colour Pearl, and was carved and backlit to transform the Staron® into a projection surface.

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Photo: Regina Heilmann

The end result is a set of curved pieces with carved designs that have been illuminated with amazing lighting. These beautiful pieces inspire a positive future for those who have worked on them.

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Photo: Aroha Groves

 

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Photo: Aroha Groves

 

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Photo: Aroha Groves

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Photo: Aroha Groves

Further detailed descriptions with project images available at http://oolonghouseartproject.com

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