Baling twine left over from the hay bales that kept stock alive during the drought has found a different use in the Waste to Art exhibition.
The exhibition, run by Netwaste, will continue until June 21 at Orange City Library.
Event co-coordinator Kate Willoughby said the exhibition was about raising awareness of environmental issues in the community with this year's focus being on recycling synthetic baling twine and strapping.
"Each year it gets bigger, this year we've got 73 entries which is massive," Ms Willoughby said.
Birds will make a nest out of baling twine and the baby birds get their feet caught in the baling twine and cattle eat it.Orange Waste to Art co-coordinator Kate Willoughby
She said a lot of the twine was supplied by Mullion Produce.
"Birds will make a nest out of baling twine and the baby birds get their feet caught in the baling twine and cattle eat it," Ms Willoughby said.
The artworks were judged by Orange Boomerang Bags coordinator Jess Donovan, Orange Regional Art Gallery manager Cecilie Knowles, and Futuring Orange and Eco Luxe transfers owner Kate Hook.
The winners will go on to the regional competition, which will be held this year in Oberon.
Among the entrants were Lucy Wilson and Georgie Perkins who created a portrait of War on Waste presenter Craig Reucassel using baling twine on old plywood.
Jolanta Nejman created a rug using copyrighted pieces of fabric from a textiles design studio, which she wove together instead of the fabric samples being sent to landfill.
Ms Nejman was also among the members of Colour City Creatives, which created an art installation using baling twine on the fence of its barracks near the Forest Road railway bridge.
Although most artworks incorporated baling twine and strapping, not all did such as the 3D wooden cross created by Orange High School student Ryan Buttriss.
Ryan made the cross from the old front door of his house and said it was to acknowledge the cemeteries where soldiers were buried overseas following World War I.
Megan and Jemima Buttriss also created a large flower, and a basket, for the exhibition using the baling twine.
Sculptor Jenny Shea, who made the dragon sculpture in Cook Park, created a cowboy out of recycled farm machinery and baling twine.
Librarian Sean Brady welcomed the Waste to Art exhibition and said it was the fourth time it had been displayed at the library.
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