Our Story So Far…

The Lauriston Girls' School community have just created a stunning upcycling project, a 34 metre wall of flowers which wraps itself around the corner of the school on Malvern and Huntingtower Roads, Armadale. Cut and shaped from over 4,000 recycled plastic bottles, the flowers are painted every colour of the rainbow, creating a traffic-stopping kaleidoscope of colour. Working in partnership with renowned Australian artist Suzie Stanford, the whole school (Prep to Year 12) has been involved. In the Junior School, every lesson for five weeks was given over to making the bottles, as were most lunchtimes. Parents have given generously of their time to wash the bottles, take the labels off and cut them in half ready for the students to use. During the school holidays we had a working bee attended by dozens of parents and students in which we made nearly 700 flowers in one day. Some parents even went so far as to source the bottles from local businesses. The whole enterprise has been filmed and turned into a very polished eight minute documentary by the senior Media Studies girls and posted on YouTube. As an all-school project the installation has served to highlight and raise awareness about the possibilities of upcycling in everyone's minds. It has also been a powerful tool for demonstrating how many hands can come together to create something extraordinary.