DENISE Duffy is a Port Stephens artist making a name for herself in the art world with her unique flair for design.
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Incorporating her love for our beautiful coastline, her art also combines a passion for recycled art and saving our planet.
Denise has recently received exciting news that she was successful with a grant from Maitland City Council to create some fascinating street art.
Denise told News Of The Area, “I was ecstatic when I found out I was one of the recipients for the Arts about Town Grant with Maitland City Council, for their Creative Streets Initiative.”
“A chance to share my art on a street level and to a wider audience is just so exciting to me as an artist.”
“I am honoured to have the opportunity Maitland City Council has offered to emerging artists like myself.”
Denise is creating several chandeliers handcrafted using plastic bottles to celebrate the history of Maitland and shed light on plastic ocean pollution.
These chandeliers will be installed along the Levee, the walkway along the Hunter River in Maitland.
They will hang over the existing heritage style street lights, which will be visible both day and night.
The process for these chandeliers involves Denise collecting bottles, washing and cutting them into circular shapes, sealing the edges and embellishing with oceanic inspired patterns.
They are then threaded together to form chandeliers using cable ties, wire and poly tubing.
Each one is unique and approximately 1.5 metres in length.
Denise estimates she will use around 1000 bottles.
She said “Though beautiful, shiny and delicate in appearance, I hope that my work will also demonstrate the ugliness to our plastic ocean pollution crisis.”
By Rachael VAUGHAN