The humble fridge gets a makeover at Electrolux

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If you think of fridges and art together you’d probably imagine finger paintings and school photos slapped on the old family fridge with magnets from the local mowing service holding them in place.  However he staff at the Electrolux factory in Orange had a far grander vision.

The factory celebrates 70 years in Orange this year but the birthday is bittersweet coming in same year as the announcement that the factory will cease manufacturing in May 2016.  However instead of becoming another bad news story the management and staff at Electrolux chose to celebrate 70 years in a way that could leave a legacy of the factory’s time in Orange, and they’re doing that through art.

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There are three parts to the project;

  • a fridge door exhibition and competition for secondary schools in Orange
  • an exhibition of 8 fridges painted by professional artists which will be auctioned with the funds going to the city’s new museum
  • an exhibition by Orange art collective the Colour City Creatives where artists drew inspiration from the industrial environment of the factory.

 

The project officially opened on Friday with the schools exhibition.  Students from Kinross Wolaroi, Anglican Grammar, Canobolas Rural Technology, James Sheehan and Orange High School were involved with Georgie Clarke from Orange High School taking first prize.  The winning door from each school will be re-attached to a working fridge and donated back to the school.

You can read more about the project and the artists and hear interviews here, at ABC Central West.