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Byford Town Street Art Project

After 12 months the Byford Town Street Art Project commission is completed. I delighted in working with a passionate group of local people, particularly from the Byford Progress Association. Five large sculptures, two free standing in the townsite and three relief sculptures to make up the town’s entry statement were sculpted. The free standing sculptures are of the Byford race horse Rivose, which won the Perth Cup in 1943 and the other of sparring kangaroos which can often be seen in real life in the ar- ea. The sculptures on the entry statement walls are of a horse and driver, (Byford is the home of many successful horse training facilities, both race horse and pacing), and a period tractor and farmer and a young girl with a milking cow both reflecting the surrounding agricultural area make up the other two sculptures.

Latvian Exhibition

In June 2013, along with 8 other Australian/Latvian artists, I sent 6 paintings to Latvia to exhibit as part of a group exhibition. This progressive exhibition began in Talsi on 4 July and has now moved on to Modona. The possibility of further exhibitions in Latvia in the next couple of years is real as the group has been offered considerable exhibition space in Riga. All paintings measured 800 x 600mm and were painted in acrylic on canvas on board.

Second Life

I continue to be a judge for the sculpture exhibition in Second Life. The format for this exhibition originat- ed at the University of Western Australia www.uwa.edu.au by Jay Jay Jegathesan in the Department of Physics. This year there will be just one major exhibition as against monthly exhibitions last year. What I love about Second Life artworks is that the impossible is possible. Buildings can float in the sky, flaunting gravity. You as a viewer can enter a seed and behold a universe. Some artworks are ever-changing by transmittng sensors in oceans or rivers where currents act against them and the impulses continually modify the artwork in the exhibition. On earth the sky is the limit in Second Life, 42 is possible. It is a priv- ilege and a thrill to be allowed to have my face to the wind on the locomotive of progress.

China Trip

I have just returned from China after spending time with international artists in Shanghai as guests of Mr Xin Changbao. We travelled to Changzhou Baosheng Park for the Changzhou Workshop and Festival where we conducted workshops and created artworks that will be taken up by the sponsor. As a final treat we visited Mt Huangshan where we walked the heritage listed trail to the clouds and back! Un- bounded hospitality, Chinese culture and a special thanks to Mr Li Yushi for his organisation.

Concordia

Concordia

Concordia

As Concordia stands, she is representative of utter harmony. The captured gesture is of the last resonant chord after the musical preamble. In his book “Confessions of a beachcomber” author E J Banfield refers to an incident during his stay on Dunk Island. He heard a mournful sound coming from the beach. In his estimation the sound came from about 50 metres from where he stood. He walked towards the source to investigate and found the sound to be further away. He continued along the beach to eventually find the sound to be the wind passing through a shell some considerable distance from where he first heard it. The mysterious ventriloquial moment would be as alluring as the sound of a violin on the beach. Concordia commands interest, intrigue and rapture, throwing her arms in majestic grandeur, lyrical and poetic as she tries to copy the majesty.

With thanks to the University of Western Australia and the Perth City Council for their help in this placement, the sculpture has pride of place in the city of Nanjing, China. It was unveiled in August 2012 by the Lord Mayor of the City of Perth, the Honourable Lisa Scaffidi.

UNESCO

In May 2012 exhibited in Beirut, Lebanon at UNESCO’s –(United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation) celebration of World Day for Cultural Diversity. Following this event, exhibited at the Spirit of the London Olympics exhibition also in Beirut.