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BoxWorld @ National Wool Museum

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by Catherine Van Bergen (subscribe)
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Imagine all the cardboard boxes, plastic bottles, old cans and other assorted scraps that we accumulate and dispose of through everyday living. Most of us would just throw this garbage into recycling or rubbish bins, but one extremely talented man has decided to make use of his garbage and create an amazing city replica that spans over the size of a tennis court.

For the duration of the winter school holidays (Tuesday 3 July- Friday 13 July, 2012), the National Wool Museum, located in the city of Geelong, will be hosting BoxWorld, an eco-friendly, structural masterpiece.

Boxworld @ National Wool Museum
One of the views of BoxWorld

Featuring over 900 'buildings', the city of BoxWorld was created using recycled materials, with an attention to detail on each structure that is absolutely spectacular. Each building, which is created to look like its real-life counterpart, features all of the signage you would expect to see if you happened to be walking by it on the street. Toy cars are parked around the buildings, and can also be seen 'driving' along the perfectly constructed roads. But this isn't just a child-like version of a cardboard city (with drawn on signs and obviously handmade shopfronts)- this is an intricately detailed and extraordinary labour of love, carefully made to replicate an actual city and all its components.

BoxWorld @ National Wool Museum
BoxWorld's CBD

Just like in a real city, there are the usual suspects, like McDonalds and Bakers Delight, churches, skyscrapers, banks, and median strips. There is a multistorey shopping centre (housing stores such as Myer, Big W and Target, among others), rooftop car parking and an attached cinema. This city also features an airport, sporting stadium, amusement park (featuring a large ferris wheel), and a car-racing track.

BoxWorld @ National Wool Museum
The grand, multi-storey shopping centre

The city is centred in the middle of an extremely large room, which you will notice as soon as you walk through the doors of the National Wool Museum. Walking around BoxWorld, you will continuously notice new points of interest- I walked around the exhibit at least three times and saw something new with each circuit. Because of the size of the city, it's almost impossible to see everything (especially towards the middle, as you are unable to move any closer than the edge of the table it's sitting on), but what you do see will no doubt amaze you.

BoxWorld @ National Wool Museum
Every major city needs a McDonalds

BoxWorld @ National Wool Museum
You can see where a small soft drink bottle was used to create the church spire

This exhibit has featured at the National Wool Museum before, and was brought back for the school holidays by popular demand. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10am, there will be craft classes for children held in the room, as well as Twilight Tours of BoxWorld (held every weekday at 11.30am), which are sure to keep the kids amused. But even if you miss these sessions, there is still plenty to look at when you explore the city of BoxWorld- you'll never look at the household recycling the same way again.

BoxWorld @ National Wool Museum
The sheer size of BoxWorld is astounding

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Why? To see a different way of recycling your old cardboard boxes and plastic bottles
When: The school holidays, from Tuesday 3 July to Friday 13 July, 2012
Where: National Wool Museum, Geelong
Cost: Child (2-15 years) $4, Adult $7.50, Family (2 adults and up to 4 children) $25. Price includes entry to the entire Museum, activities, and all craft materials
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