From a press release this artwork was described by the organizers in the following way:
John Dahlsen, of Byron Bay, is an international artist who has raised the appeal of recycled art to new levels. His colourful wall panels and totems are entirely assembled from flotsam and jetsam collected from Australian beaches. These objects he meticulously sorts and codes by colour, to make up his unique "artist's palette".
His entry in the Thursday Plantation East Coast Sculpture Show. is vintage Dahlsen in content, but reveals a fresh direction in technological innovation. He is making is a high-resolution digital image of a massed assemblage of pink-toned plastic objects, scanned onto photographic film and then sandwiched between two thick glass panels. Once installed, "Pink Shard" will appear like semi-transparent hologram rising up from the ground.
"One of the central concerns of my work is to create things of beauty," says the artist. "I choose a challenging medium - discarded junk - that is in the process of being transformed by nature. My role is to transform it further, into a work of art that makes a strong statement while offering a positive aesthetic experience."
Pink Shard won the Regional Artist award at the 2005 Thursday Plantation East Coast Sculpture Show.