Name of your Archie: Veggie Patch
Allocated industry (e.g. Wool, Cotton, Horticulture, Pork): Horticulture
What years and KLA classes were involved?
Visual Arts and Year 5/Year 8 (mentors from Matraville Sports High School)
Theme: Celebrating all things green
Our design offers a celebration of the innovative, creative and educational components of the horticultural industry.
The first side of our Archibull features a shipping container farm located in the middle of a busy city centre. This innovation provides a perfect answer to Australia’s continual growth of population and the big challenges of feeding a hungry nation. The shipping container farm is able to provide farmers an additional way to allow the nation to receive fresh, nutritious and local produce. Were are highlighting the advantages of container farming such as enabling any individual, community, or organisation to grow fresh produce year-round in any climate. As consumers we need to help growers increase their productivity and profitability. Artistically the choices made in the design are inspired by the Bauhaus movement and the aspects of applying art to reunite creativity and manufacturing as well as comic book styles.
On the flip side of our Archibull, side 2 highlights the importance of biosecurity in the horticultural industry and the need to maintain high standards of policy. Using an educational, info graph technique again inspired by comic book styles our main design walks us through a veggie patch. As you being along the path on the left you notice the dying veggies but as you progress the pest detectives are able to employ biosecurity needs to this veggie patch to ensure by the end it is healthy and thriving. We have also featured some renewable energy sources that farmers are now utilising on farms as a way of combating climate change. This side of our Archibull celebrates the need for biosecurity and the success farmers but also on a local level.
As your eyes travel between the legs of the Archibull, we have designed a ‘Farm to table’ conveyor belt adorned with the transformation of a seedling into a lettuce. The felt sculptures have been inspired by artist Claes Oldenburg and his pop art soft sculptures. The conveyor belt celebrates the strong cycle of the ‘farm to table’ social movement. We are promoting our viewers to become part of the direct relationship between themselves and farmers.
The head of our Archibull truly celebrates all things green as he has transformed into an overgrown forest, the beauty of plants inspired this bright and eye-catching design. Additionally, the honeycomb patterns highlight the integral position bee’s play in the industry.
Lastly but not the least the back of our Archibull provides an educational, bright and fun message to our viewers, ‘Eat a rainbow’. Individually cut and glued onto the cow we have created a rainbow out of fruits and vegetables. This allows viewers a visual celebration of the importance of fruits and vegetables in our life.
Our Archibull is truly unique as it brings to life a celebration of all things green and the success of the horticultural industry.
Each element has been designed in an innovative and fun way that celebrates a simple, visually interesting and idiosyncratic design.
"Join the movement of teachers and students working together with farmers to ensure everyone in this country has access to safe, affordable, healthy food and quality fibre every day and a brighter future for all."