John Dahlsen with his artwork which will hang in the new Byron Bay Library. As with all his work, the piece has an environmental message.
John Dahlsen with his artwork which will hang in the new Byron Bay Library. As with all his work, the piece has an environmental message.

John’s art in library

A $25,000 artwork made of recycled plastic bags is to greet patrons at the new Byron Bay Library.


Internationally recognised environmental artist John Dahlsen has donated his work, Plastic Bag Diptych, to Byron Shire Council, and it will hang in the foyer when the library eventually opens its doors.


As with all of the Byron Bay artist’s works, it carries a strong environmental theme, and he hopes its display in the library will help spread the message.


“It’s about reuse, and being creative with things that people see as ugly or not having any use,” he said.


Byron Shire Mayor Jan Barham publicly thanked Mr Dahlsen for his gift at last week’s Byron Shire Council meeting, saying it would be a ‘fantastic asset’ to the library.


“It’s very fitting for Byron Bay as there is always an environmental message in his work. Through his art he sends a message to the world about waste and the responsibility we all have. It will be a magnificent centrepiece that will make such a strong statement,” Cr Barham said.


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