And frankly the whole idea did seem very strange to me. I mean, you'd think that angels in heaven would have better things to do than pluckin' ducks all day long, eh? And aren't they supposed to be into spreading love, joy and goodwill -- not stuff from dead birds? The fact that they decided to dump this matter on us reveals that they must have a pretty dim view of humanity. Sadly, that seems to have been confirmed, if the reaction of the crowd was any guide.
Anyhow, I didn't expect to see any remnants from the show when I was in the city yesterday. Yet there were still heaps of feathers strewn around the joint. Take this pile that had accumulated in Hay St, just near Pier St. I think it's safe to say that the stuff wasn't quite so magical in the harsh light of day.
As a testament to its commitment to sound environmental policy the Perth International Arts Festival even has an official Environmental Sustainability Partner (Synergy). Then there's this case study relating to its partnership with URS:
In the lead up to the 2010 and 2011 Festivals URS assisted the Festival by providing contra environmental consultancy and developing a sustainability framework encompassing a vision, strategy, goals and tangible action items. Subsequently, doing what we do in a more environmentally sustainable way has been embraced whole-heartedly by the Festival.
UPDATE: "Perth Festival" responds in comments below:
Hi, The feathers were not plucked from ducks - they are a by-product of the food industry. The feathers we imported are the same types of feathers that end up in your pillow or doonah. Regards, Perth Festival
Firstly, I'm not the one posing as a greenie. So the contents of my pillow or doona are irrelevant.
And your reference to the "food industry" is disingenuous. What you really mean is that the feathers came from the corpses of murdered chickens.
Hell, that's even worse. There's a good chance that PETA lawyer currently emancipating orcas will sue your ass for assault and battery! Get some good legal advice pronto, "Perth Festival", or you'll find your chickens really coming home to roost.