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River Quiver

River Quiver is a major environmental wind responsive artwork made by 180 children from five local schools designed and coordinated by artists from the Jennifer Turpin Studio in Sydney.

180 Lightweight translucent sculptures representing the creatures that'swim' and 'fly' in the Pages are counterbalanced on bamboo hangers that tilt and flutter in the breeze. Working in pairs the children have learnt about balance, lightness, form, structure and move­ment. Together they have experienced the creation of a large kinetic artwork that moves to the rhythm of the wind. Along its length are echoes of a river sound scape, water noises recorded by the children and coordinated by local artist Rodney Swansborough.

The supporting 'hangers' are constructed from the bamboo giant reed weed that overgrows the banks of the Pages. The sculptures are made from recycled yellow materials.
The introduction of black materials on the river side of River Quiver signifies introduced species whilst sculptures without black repre­sent native species.

Evoking the'Balance of Nature' in its form and function, the sculptures and their bamboo hangers make up the 120 metre long River Quiver. Tilting and pivoting, floating and quivering this artwork is a dancing performance inspired by the creatures that inhabit the river and orchestrated by the wind of the day.

The Pages River
The Pages River begins in the hills to the south-west of Murrurundi. It flows through Murrurundi and Blandford before reaching Cameron's Gorge. From here it meanders through the mountains. It is joined by the Isis River and travels through Gundy before joining the Hunter River near Segenhoe. Its total length is about 100 km.

Over the years the Pages River has migrated across the valley floor. Sections of the river have experi­enced some change as a result of the removal of woody debris and vegetation from the channel. Today, in its headwaters, the Pages cascades downstream alongside basalt boulders and cobbles. Its enclosed bedrock expands into a relatively open valley with large pockets of irregularly shaped flood-plains. At Cameron's Gorge the river changes back to a steep enclosed bedrock that contains pools and cascades, and winds a narrow path through the mountains.

The Pages River is unique among rivers. At times it is an awesome river at others, it is a trickle of a creek. However even when it seems completely dry it continues to flow underground, and life continues teaming under and among its bedrock.

Turning the Pages
is a marriage of environment, community, art and science. The project focuses on raising the awareness and the appreciation of the Pages River in the Upper Hunter Valley, with the long term aim of creating a nature walk with a permanent artwork along the river and supporting the river restoration and rehabilitation process. It hopes to foster a greater love and care for our river and a creative imaginative engagement with the broader environment.

Tuming the Pages
is an ongoing project that has begun this year with art and science workshops in five local schools. In science workshops at school the students looked at the shape and course of the river.

They learnt about the river's energy and on a trip to the river analysed its health identifying insects and water flow. Further workshops involved drawing, painting, dance, music, creative writing and sculpture making - all focussed on the Pages River.

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