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Expiration date for milk bottle artwork approaching

Tasmanian Creative Arts Summer School artist-in-residence Ritchie Ares Dona models his “punk look”, a mohawk made out of milk bottle handles, while chatting with contemporary dance student Molly Spicer.

Tasmanian Creative Arts Summer School artist-in-residence Ritchie Ares Dona has a deadline to meet.

Or an “expiration date” as he jokingly puts it.

Before the summer school ends on Friday, Mr Dona has to transform 2000 plastic 2-litre milk bottles into a major installation artwork.

He began work on the ambitious project last week, utilising every single part of each milk bottle and using rivets and weaving techniques to join them back together in new forms.

A giant carpet of milk bottle circles and skeletal shapes has begun to creep out from his workbench at the Academy of Arts building in Inveresk.

Mr Dona has also taken to wearing some of the milk bottle shapes he’s assembled, including a “mohawk” made out of milk bottle handles.

“It’s my punk look,” he joked.

The best and worst part of the summer school had been the sheer number of people who stopped to talk to him while he worked, Mr Dona said.

 “For some reason there are always people coming along who want to talk to me,” he laughed.

“So sometimes it’s hard to get things done. But it is great, I love it.

“It’s been really great to meet everyone.”

Mr Dona said he would spend most of Thursday assembling his artwork in the Academy of Arts building at Inveresk, and that he was confident he would meet his deadline.

Published on: 18 Jan 2011 4:42pm