The exhibition is centered around impressive dinosaur models all constructed from discarded plastic toys. The dino's are surrounded by perfect circles of toys organized by colour and shape. The dinosaurs and the circles are 'no touch zones' and I was initially concerned that the kids would make a beeline to have a closer touch and feel.
But there are so many areas of toys that the kids could play with, that there was no temptation to mess with the prehistoric artwork.
There are many friendly volunteers in Sydney Festival t-shirts who were happy to chat about the exhibition, play with the kids and make sure the artworks were respected.
Fascinated by the dinosaur sculptures made from recycled plastic toys
The creative brains behind this fun exhibition is Japanese artist Hiroshi Fuji who recycles and reinvents unwanted plastic toys into colourful 'Toysaurus' dinosaur sculptures and landscapes. The aim of Jurassic Plastic is to take these plastic toys that were on their way to landfill and give them another life as the raw materials for new and imaginative art objects.
There is a message of mass consumerism behind the mountains of plastic toys but basically for the kids it is one gynormous toy land.
My kids (aged 3 and 5) were in play paradise and they were completely engaged for over an hour exploring the huge variety of discarded toys. There were hundreds of old-fashioned McDonalds happy meal trinkets, wind up toys, plastic animals, musical toys, instruments and so much more.
Kids of all ages love playing with the piles of toys
And this is certainly not only for the kids - I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the recycled toy pit and recognising plastic figurines from my childhood.
I loved watching the older kids create their own sculptures from the toys and others were tinkering with toys of different colours and textures to form intricate patterns.
General entry for the Jurassic plastic exhibition is FREE. However, there are also two workshops for ages 6 - 12 years that you can pay to book in ($26 plus booking fee). In the Makerspace classes, the kids get hands-on, building their own crazy and creative toy sculptures. There is also the Atelier session where kids get to be artist assistants with Hiroshi Fuji, or a guest artist, to make Sydney's 'Toysaurus' and other works of art. Check out the event page for more information about booking workshops.
Use the toys to create artwork or just have fun playing