The Winner of the Grand Champion Archibull for the 2013 Archibull Prize has been put out to pasture in the Sydney Olympic Park Education Centre foyer.
Shoalhaven High School secondary students created the Grand Champion Archibull, Udder Brilliance, from a blank life-sized fibreglass cow, which took them on a journey of discovery and engagement with the dairy industry, including a visit to the first robotic dairy farm in NSW.
The student’s artwork cleverly addresses the question: What it takes to keep the Australian Diary Industry sustainable? Including looking into themes such as:
- importance of good quality pasture to support milk production
- natural resource management including wastewater recycling
- importance of maintaining good soil
- pasture species high in nutritional value
- supermarket price wars for discounted milk
- roles of cows’ four stomachs
- increase mechanisation and computerisation of the milking process
- unnecessary loss of 4 million tonnes of food in Australia each year to landfill
Students attending excursions at Sydney Olympic Park will learn about sustainability in an agricultural context by witnessing the artwork and reading signage developed by the Shoalhaven students.
The Grand Champion Archibull will remain at the Sydney Olympic Park Education Centre until Easter next year, when it will go on show at the 2014 Sydney Royal Easter Show at Sydney Showground in the Food Farm. Here, Udder Brilliance will join other cows created from schools right across NSW that were a part of the Art4Agriculture’s annual Archibull Prize — a great initiative connecting school students with farmers, natural resource managers and industry and community experts.
Sydney Olympic Park Authority congratulates Shoalhaven High School on their creative work, that is a credit to their bright minds and big ideas — we are thrilled to have it visit us!