The Archibull Prize 2013 Winners
Grand Champion Archibull
Shoalhaven High School – Dairy Industry
Udder brilliance sends a very detailed message to all about the importance of natural resource management in the dairy industry as well as the increasing use of technology and mechanisation in the industry. The natural resource base that the industry relies upon for sustainable increases in efficiency is the legs and the living pasture foundation. Her body is about mechanisation and innovation in milking technology and the biomechanical processes of milk production.
Each leg tells its own story, highlighting the importance of natural waterways on the farm, maintaining good soil health, different pasture species, and the issue of food waste. The supermarket price war on milk is represented on her udder, showing the damage that this has caused for dairy farmers’ confidence in the economic future of their farms. One side of Udder Brilliance opens up to reveal a material model of a ruminant digestive system with details of the four stomachs written on it. The other side is a timeline showing the increasing mechanism of the milking process and how it has changed.
Trangie Central School
John Bull is literally a machine! He is a cow who takes on the concept of technology and machinery in the cotton industry. John Bull can teach you a lot about the cotton picker and its processes. He is integral to the cotton industry and is based on the revolutionary John Deere 7760 – the most advanced cotton picker available. He uses actual yellow cotton picker ‘boots’ at the front to pick the cotton and to discard the trash.
The circuitry on his sides represents the technology and microchips that help machinery such as this to run. The iPad embedded in his side adds to this and tells even more stories about cotton. Cotton is caught at the front, picked and sorted as it moves through the cow, to emerge briefly on its way to the catcher where bales are formed. The bales are held, and then dropped at the end of the row.
Model Farms High School
Wool I Am is a Super Cow, fully equipped with cape – made from knitted patchwork squares – and knitted mask. Wool I Am is broken into three separate pieces, allowing the different areas of the wool industry to be showcased.
Each segment tells a story about a different part of the wool industry. The front segment represents the farm, pastures and sheep in the fields, and also shows bales of wool ready for export. The middle segment represents the label from a ball of wool with important information about the product while the inside shows the internal organs of the cow. The rear segment reflects the business end of the wool industry – once the wool has left the farm. The main woollen products are spelt out by spirals of smoke, describing the processes used on a farm and life from shearing, wool types and the export of bales.
Champion Archibull - Primary
Gwynneville Public School
Baa Baa Bovine is wrapped in a warm woolly jumper made from colourful patchwork stitched together. This patchwork showcases the different types of woollen finishes available including clean and dyed, spun, yarn, knitting, crochet and applique. Her legs are also wrapped up and she has a head of woolly hair to keep warm. She also wears lots of labels and as the sign says, is literally ‘wrapped in yarn’.
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Winmalee High School
Winmeatlee takes the beef industry from ‘farm to plate’, and tells the story of how Australian cattle feed a nation of hungry meat lovers.
With strong stylistic influences drawn from Roy Lichtenstein and Howard Arkley, Winmeatlee was always going to be bold and vibrant. She is definitely a modern cow appealing to a modern audience! She references mass media and youth culture.
One side of Winmeatlee tells the ‘farm’ story, while the other side tells a ‘suburban’ story. The base links from farm to consumer, though the stories of export, meat cuts and some of the benefits of eating beef. Her feed trough cleverly does not contain food for her, but instead contains food we eat. The meals represented were chosen as the results of a school survey of the most common beef meals.
Her consistent styling links all components of the story together beautifully and she is sure to catch the eye of anyone passing by!
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Matraville Sports High School
Miss Sophie employs two starkly different artistic approaches – indigenous artwork and the mosaics of Gaudi to tell the story of the journey from the school’s local community on the coast in the city on one side to the cotton fields on the other. On one side, the water and animals symbolise where the school is, using Maori, Samoan and Tongan patterns to represent the multiculturalism of the school.
The Aboriginal dot painting shows the growth of cotton as it sprouts, blooms and becomes cotton bolls. The mirror mosaic represents the flowing lines of water and the irrigation systems needed for cotton. The fountain flowing from the mosaics also links in with the importance of irrigation.
Tuggerah Lakes Secondary College
Casey Cotton Ball shows three distinct facets of the cotton industry – the planting and harvest of cotton, the manufacture of cotton thread and the transformation of cotton thread into clothing. Each of these facets is shown on a different side of the cow. She is in fact split in half lengthways to create these 3 sides. One side uses the artistic influence of Brett Whiteley to show the growth cycle of cotton. The other side tells the story of exported cotton to be made into clothing in India and other countries. This is shown through motifs of textile patterns and prints of India and Bangladesh. The inside of Casey is again very stylistically different – she stands on a suitcase which represents the export of raw cotton overseas and shows the final product as we commonly see it – clothes.
St Brigids Catholic Parish Primary School
Lim is a bright young calf who has his own café which serves food with a fresh take on the beef industry. Lim has been put into a situation which tells the story of beef rather than telling the story herself. The café allows people to interact with Lim and learn about the beef industry through participation. The café focuses on the end product in terms of telling the beef story. The artwork is bright and an exciting and educational experience.
Chifley Primary School
This artwork takes its inspiration from artist Christo who wrapped Little Bay – nearby to Chifley Primary. Likewise, Jasper is wrapped in brown paper to symbolise that more than 50% of Australian cotton is exported overseas to make products. Each stamp is a small artwork which shows a different element of the cotton growing process. The Archie is on a surfboard of woven denim to demonstrate the journey of the finished products back over the water.
Elizabeth MacArthur High School
Eye-popping colour, clean lines and a clear message are all shown by Apple at first glance. Her name (which links to a sheep from the schools’ farm) is the most mysterious part of her!
Apple shows a whole world of influences as she speaks about the Australian wool industry. She uses simplicity and a series of wrapped woollen images, overlaid on a simplified paddock backdrop with layers of earth below. This backdrop wraps all the way around the cow to give her a beautiful consistency.
Her impeccably wrapped woollen images show, on one side, the world (as we export a large portion of our wool), and on her other side an image of the iconic shearer from the early Australian painting by Tom Roberts called “Shearing the Rams”. The Woolmark and Woolblend logos also feature.
Apple also references the classic Holeproof TV ads where the farmer puts his sheep in bright red Holeproof socks.
The eye-popping red contrasts beautifully with the vibrant woollen and painted images. The red is picked up again in her wrapped horns and tail and in the bunch of apples which hang around her neck like a series of cowbells.
Menai High School
Brandon takes a very different look at the beef industry. He looks at it from the consumer perspective, rather than from the production side.
He is wrapped, quite literally, in discarded brown paper bags which have been branded with a variety of recognisable beef related brands. These brands include both traditionally styled brands and product related brands.
A coil of connected receipts spiral around Brandon from head to tail, and convey consumer loyalty to repurchase quality Australian beef. They show the time, love and money that the Australian consumer spends on beef each week.
Brandon is simple and concise with a sophisticated message.
Avoca Public School
DJ Beef is definitely the rockstar of this year’s herd!
He comes with a red Mohawk, blue skin, a turntable, plenty of bling and the slogan “Aussie beef gives you the energy you need to be the rockstar you really are”.
He does however, also have a serious message. The concept “nothing goes to waste” is very clearly demonstrated.
“When we were doing our research we were shocked at how much food people wasted. It got us talking about how much things had changed over the years. When our grandparents and great grandparents were growing up they couldn’t just pop down to the grocery store to get what they needed. A lot of them were on the farm and had to kill and butcher their own beasts. Back then they couldn’t afford to just eat the fancy bits of steak, they ate it all! We have brought this concept into our design by naming all the cuts of beef on one side, on the other side we have included recipes that use unusual cuts of meat like the clod.”
Northlakes High School
A Homage to Rachel is expressive and beautifully painted. He has emerged out of the picture frame at his feet and can only be Homage to Rachel and to Vincent van Gogh.
A Starry Starry night, Cornfields (turned into fields of cotton!), a palette of blue and green, and a bandaged head where his left ear used to be. (It is now in a box at his feet, waiting to be sent to his beloved, Rachel
It tells a wonderful story about Vincent van Gogh as well as the cotton industry. Growing fields of cotton are shown, as well as the end product (the cotton doilies and cotton bandage). The importance of water to the cotton industry is expressed by the watering can, hovering over the entire scene.
This “Homage to Rachel” also has a subtle “Where’s Wally” theme going through the use of the Cotton Australia logo. How many can you find?