COTA Cornucopia

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We need you to make a flower… or two… or even twenty… and celebrate being a South Australian Living Artist this August. 

We are calling everyone aged 50+ along with their friends and families to help us out by making a flower (at least one, but we’d love more) to contribute to COTA Cornucopia – a huge, colourful, en masse flower display, publicly celebrating modern ageing in South Australia. 

What is a cornucopia?

From Latin cornu copiae (horn of plenty), a cornucopia is a symbol of abundance and nourishment, commonly a large horn-shaped container overflowing with produce, flowers or nuts.

For this year’s SALA Exhibition, COTA SA is reimagining the cornucopia by creating a bold, visual display from the balcony at its busy offices on Hutt Street, Adelaide.

What should my flower look like?

Flowers can be:

  • Of any size up to 50 cm diameter
  • Weather proof, they will be outdoors for 10 weeks
  • Have an attachment point at the back – a loop, a ring or length of string
  • Any colour (but not brown) – we LOVE colour
  • Made from any material that won’t deteriorate or get too soggy
  • Think environmentally – what can you reuse to make flowers
    • Plastic bags
    • Plastic bottle tops
    • Knit/crochet old surveyors tape, video tape, strips of plastic
    • Synthetic yarns
    • Light wood
    • Thin metals
    • Plastic bottles

COTA SA is also holding a series of free workshops where you can create your flower under the instruction of Cornucopia artist Bob Daly at 16 Hutt Street, Adelaide.

  • Wednesday, 8 August: 10am – 12:30pm
  • Wednesday, 8 August: 1:30pm – 4:00pm
  • Thursday, 9 August: 10am – 12:30pm
  • Wednesday, 15 August: 10am – 12:30pm
  • Wednesday, 15 August: 1:30pm – 4:00pm
  • Thursday, 16 August: 10am – 12:30pm
  • Wednesday, 22  August: 10am – 12:30pm
  • Wednesday, 22 August: 1:30pm – 4:00pm
  • Thursday, 23 August: 10am – 12:30pm

To book your place, email or phone (08) 8232 0422.

You can also view any of the video tutorials below for inspiration on making your flowers at home.

When do you need my flowers?

Flowers should be received by 24 August.

How do I send in my flowers?

Flowers can be either dropped in or posted to 16 Hutt Street, Adelaide. COTA SA is also working with a number of local councils and organisations to establish deposit points around SA, where you can drop your flowers for collection. 

Deposit points to date:

  • Holden Hill Community Centre: 82 Valiant Drive, Holden Hill
  • Jubilee Community Centre: 5-13 Jubilee Way, Wynn Vale
  • Surrey Downs Community Centre: 6 Zanoni Crescent, Surrey Downs
  • Jack Young Centre: 1 Orange Ave, Salisbury
  • Regional Council of Goyder: 1 Market Square, Burra

What will you do with my flowers?

Your artwork will form part of the COTA Cornucopia installation – which opens on August 30 – heralding the coming of spring and ZestFest 2018.


We are happy to answer any questions you may have – contact us to find out more.

Video Tutorials