MUSIC REVISITED: Dan Carlyon with his three-dimensional work, What’s the Buzz.
MUSIC REVISITED: Dan Carlyon with his three-dimensional work, What’s the Buzz. Mike Richards

Construction worker's art captures attention

AN offbeat idea to turn old vinyl records into flowers, add headphone buds and have them make music has earned a construction worker a major art accolade.

Dan Carlyon is one of four artists whose work was chosen in the QAL People's Choice Awards as part of the Rio Tinto Alcan Martin Hanson Memorial Art Awards.

"Through high school I hated art," he said. "I couldn't think of anything worse to do.

"It wasn't until after I started my trades that I started making things."

When he's not at work on Curtis Island, the fitter and turner spends much of his free time in the family work shed in Calliope.

His winning piece, What's the Buzz?, was made from old vinyl records with headphone buds through which to hear the music.

"My highlight of the whole experience was the opening night when a little girl came past and heard the flowers.

"She walked up with a big grin and she was trying to reach them all to listen," he said.

"Five minutes later I watched an elderly lady do exactly the same thing.

"That was my ultimate goal, for someone to be there and be captured."

WINNERS

  • Gail Thomas
  • James Thomas Nightingale
  • Dan Carlyon
  • Earl Haigh


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