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What does contemporary
sculpture look like? From
playful combinations of
bamboo and bicycle tyres
to hulking slabs of dirt – we
take a look at the works
reshaping our expectations
ahead of Sculpture by the
Sea, Cottesloe 2013.
WORDS Jessica Matthews
The American winner of Sculpture
by the Sea, Bondi 2012, tells us
about his unconventional process
of making sculptures from the earth.
I want the form to be organic. I dig a
shape into the ground, first with a machine
and then by hand. Later, I alter it with
other materials found in the area, such
as wood or plastic.
There’s a fine line in my work between
success and absolute failure. I tried to make
a form in Bronte, but it didn’t work at all.
The earth was very loose and wouldn’t hold
a form. It was just lucky I found a new site
in an outer area of Sydney called Rossmore.
I work very spontaneously and quickly,
a little like an abstract impressionist
painter. People are always shocked when
they see me work, because they think it
must take an incredibly long time. Some
pieces do take a few months, but a simple
form might take just a week.
I’ve had people on art committees tell
me they find my work extremely ugly,
and I usually tell them they’re right. I
see my pieces as both beautiful and ugly.
They have a lot of contrast in them, and
certainly defy conventional thought about
what sculpture should be. They aren’t in
any way refined.
Australia should be really happy to have
Sculpture by the Sea. It’s pretty rare to find
that kind of free, open-air exhibition of
sculpture. It’s also a huge educational tool.
No matter what a child wants to pursue,
seeing great sculpture can only open their
mind up to all kinds of possibilities.
“I’ve had people on art
committees tell me they
find my work extremely
ugly, and I usually tell them
Barrel Roll by Peter Lundberg, winner
of Sculpture by the Sea, Bo ndi 2012.
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