'Milk' flowers carry an important message on wintry tree

The tree in The Cube Wodonga Courtyard is blooming with white flowers, but they are not what they seem.

Next time you are walking through the courtyard, take a closer look.

Exactly 1200 recycled milk bottles have been used to create 300 flowers as part of the new temporary art installation by Yackandandah artist Linda Fish.

The art installation, titled Milk it, is about the effect plastic food containers have on our food, our health and the environment.

“I hope my flowers bring joy to the community, as well as remind people about recycling and instigate discussions about how we can limit our use of plastic,” Linda said.

“The idea for the flowers came about 10 years ago when I noticed the corner base of the plastic milk bottles looked a bit like flower petals.

“Each flower is made from the base of four milk bottles, each cut into eight petals and then glued together, holes drilled for the cable tie which attaches the flower to the tree."

A sculptor since the 1970s, Linda’s art awards include a grant from Australia Council for the development of new sculptures.

Her commissions span public art as well as private collections.

Linda has held numerous solo exhibitions, has exhibited extensively and was recognised as a finalist in the Lorne Sculpture Biennale.