Mirinda Betts and Ellen Donges worked hard through their holidays to create a George Segal inspired piece.
Mirinda Betts and Ellen Donges worked hard through their holidays to create a George Segal inspired piece.

Artwork inspired by frost

JUMPERS and Jazz has hit the park this year with a frosty new theme and a glaze of crispy, white creations to cover the trees.

Talented Warwick State High School (WSHS) students have brought an alley of 26 trees to life with their artwork.

Year 11 art students Taylor Devine, Dylan Ingram, Mirinda Betts and Ellen Donges met with the Daily News to explain the motivation behind their masterpieces.

The tree decorations formed part of their sculpture unit, which encourages the students to find ways to make people more aware of the space they move through.

Taylor created the tree Trapped, which she wanted to make 3D by working around the tree.

“It didn’t start off as an octopus but everyone said it ended up looking like one,” she laughed.

While most students were avoiding school in their winter breaks Taylor couldn’t resist the lure of the art room and spent countless hours perfecting the design of her tree.

“It was good. I have been involved in Jumpers and Jazz since the beginning so being able to put something up myself was different and harder than I thought,” Taylor said.

Dylan’s quirky piece has attracted a lot of attention since he battled rain on Wednesday to put up his Frost Bite creation.

“I spent a lot of time on the holidays running around to denture clinics,” he said.

“I want to thank all the clinics for helping me out and making this tree what it is now.”

The end design wasn’t actually based on his original concept. It was simply an afterthought he worked on throughout the holidays and many lunch breaks.

Mirinda and Ellen combined their artistic talents to create Suzie Sunshine, who appears to be stepping through the tree on a cool winter’s day.

The girls made the dummy from scratch, putting plaster bandages on their arms and legs to create the human form.

“I liked the weird looks you get walking through the school with body parts,” Ellen laughed.

Mirinda was glad the community was able to see a display of the WSHS student’s work.

After learning about different artists in the field, the girls were inspired by George Segal who pioneered the use of plaster bandages.

Art teacher Tracey Pope said the students spent a lot of time brainstorming and working together to figure out how to attack the project.

The end result is a spectacular scene that lives up to the Frost the Park theme.



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