Olympic artist to launch Winter Warmth 2012

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ARTIST Sarah Turner has been commissioned by The Park Gallery, Falkirk Community Trust to create a special Christmas tree to launch the Winter Warmth exhibition at the Callendar House attraction.

Sarah is an eco artist and designer making beautiful lighting and works of art from waste plastic bottles.

Coca Cola commissioned her to make the lighting and a massive recycled sculpture for their hospitality centre at the London 2012 Olympic games.

She said: “I’m so excited to be involved in this special project. I’m going to be installing the tree for all to see at the opening of the Winter Warmth exhibition on November 17.

“I’ll also be giving a talk and working with representatives from local eco schools and secondary pupils to show them how to make art from recycled materials.”

Turner’s lighting collections have won international design awards and have been exhibited around the world including Milan, Los Angeles, Paris and London.

She said: “All the bottles are collected from cafes and households to be given a new life. The bottles are cleaned and sandblasted to turn the plastic from being transparent to opaque and then with some intricate, highly skilled cutting and sculpting the bottles are completely transformed into stunning high end products.

“It’s almost impossible to tell what they originated from.”

The tree will be 2m high with a ‘spectacular’ star at the top.

Gillian Smith, at Falkirk Community Trust, said: “Sarah’s designs prove that just because a product is made from rubbish it doesn’t mean it needs to look like it does!

“I’m delighted that this unique tree will launch the Winter Warmth exhibition at the Park Gallery.

“Now in its seventh year, “Winter Warmth” has built up a reputation for showcasing original, high quality art and design work from a wealth of artists, designers and craft makers in Scotland and the UK.”

“This year’s exhibition theme is Illuminate. We intend to celebrate the originality and talent of designer/makers who are using light to bring their craft to life and also artists from other disciplines whose work aims to illuminate our lives.

“It will be a great opportunity to see innovative artwork of the highest standard, and will provide an irresistible choice if you’re looking for unique ideas for your Christmas shopping as all work is for sale and available to take away.”

The exhibition runs from Saturday, November 17, to January 26 at The Park Gallery at Callendar House. Admission is free.

Sarah will be giving a talk on Saturday, November 17 (also free) from 10.30am-11.30am. Later that day, from 3pm-4pm, there will be a workshop for those aged 10-plus, on how to make your own recycled Christmas decorations.

The cost for this is £5 - call the Steeple Box Office to book on 01324506850.

Get more information at www.falkirkcommunitytrust.org or www.facebook.com/falkirkcommunitytrust