PROLIFIC ARTIST : Artist Pam Walpole with art piece Black Saturday from a previous show
PROLIFIC ARTIST : Artist Pam Walpole with art piece Black Saturday from a previous show Contributed

Pair creates an ‘arty ambush’ to our sense of being green

GET rid of the weeds and make way for the art.

If you have been walking around the Noosa National Park of late, you may well have come across various small lizards, a variety of birds, a turtle floating in the ocean and perhaps, something quite out of ordinary.

In the past few weeks two local women have pooled their artistic talents to create conservation conscious artworks and other installations simply described as: 'art to celebrate where we live.'

Instead of enclosing their artworks within the four walls of a conventional art gallery, Sunshine Beach photographer and artist Yanni Van Zijl with artist Pam Walpole, preferred to use the Noosa National Park as the backdrop for their art.

Their artistic vision emerged after Yanni and Pam connected during volunteer work with the Sunshine Beach Bushland Care group.

They wanted to make art - for arts sake - but with an environmental message.

After some discussion,

the pair came up with idea of pop-up installations.

"To bring a public awareness to environmental issues," Pam said.

The works are in situ for just a few days and each has a corresponding message.

Pam said they had received a very positive response to their artwork.

And as time went on, an organic change evolved in their work.

"We found we were using red to draw attention to our work," Pam said.

"Our Christmas message for the pure sake of art is our red wrapped Pandanus at the headland end of Sunshine Beach - its spreading branches resplendent in bright red."

Keep your eye out in the New Year, there may be some more unexpected sightings.


Creative writing has also been part of the art making process and the poem below was written to correspond with their red pandanus work.

"The sky is blue - so is the sea

I spy upon the rocks - a tree

The tree is red - I wonder why,

To make you smile as you pass by.

It's Christmas so red branches spread

good cheer upon this beach we tread."


The first installation, a 3m long jellyfish flutterering in the breeze high above the beach access at Little Cove was made of plastic with the following message

"Discarded bags and bits of elastic

Fishing lines and pieces of plastic

Our turtles and seabirds gobble it up

thinking it's food and then it gets stuck!

It builds up in their gullet, they get very ill

starve to death, what a shame, our plastic will kill

So let's bib our plastic - we all must try

before many more of our species die! ....... Don't discard - Pick it up!