Danielle’s Fescue Paperweight won first place in the 2009 Waterhouse Youth Art Prize.
Fescue refers to a breed of grass widely used in Australia as turf. Shortly after the exhibition and media coverage of the works, the turf paperweight became extremely popular.
My work fit into the theme of natural history as it explores environmental issues such as the fragile state of our Australian habitat, water shortages and climate change.
Blades of grass, an orb of glass
Turf. . .a precious plot of earth
Well manicured, groomed to perfection
or, wild, windy, growing in every direction
Pesticide free since 1983
NO sprinkler required
Each glass bubble is an individual specimen with its own sense of movement, conjuring a unique observation of nature.
“I really wanted to create something fresh and lush that made the viewer smile and remember the green, grassy, fun lawns of Australia.”