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The Big Croc created at the Cairns Indigenous Art Fair 2011 was a joint effort from Ghost Net Art Project artists and the public. Artists Cecile Williams Karen Hethey joined forces with Torres Straits artists Angela Torenbeek, Frank Petero, and Georgia Curry. Working against time with a frame constructed of bamboo and cane, the croc took shape spanning approximately 12metres in length.

Scores of people attending the art fair dropped past and joined in. These included kids from a local school, as well as stall holders from the festival and many of the thousands of people that passed through to enjoy the art and music of CIAF.

“You cannot underestimate the positive action gained by awareness raising though art events like this,” said Riki Gunn, coordinator of GhostNets Australia, who was clearly overawed by the result of that years’ CIAF. “Outcomes for our small NGO from this event will have a fabulous ripple effect both locally and internationally“ she said. And so right she was for the Croc has travelled the country....

If you were in Sydney during Oct-Nov 2012 you will have had the opportunity to do a bit of croc spotting at Bondi Beach. Lurking on the rocks on the south side of the beach, at the beginning of the walk to Tamarama, was the huge ghost net crocodile as part of the annual Sculpture by the Sea Festival. The kids loved the croc so much they awarded it their choice or best sculpture of the event. By March 2013 the Ghost Net Croc had made the trip across the continent to Cottesloe Beach in Western Australia for the annual Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe event. Then off to Strand Ephemera outdoor sculpture exhibition in Townsville and back to WA.


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