Sculpture in the Harbour 2013
Photo courtesy of Barbara Madden © 2013

Sculpture in the Harbour 2013 "Tidelines"

In 2013 NewArts Inc. presented the inaugural Sculpture in the Harbour event. Mounted in the waters adjacent to the Albany Entertainment Centre, the event featured 12 sculptures made by contemporary artist, and 2 made by local school children. During the event, more than 5000 visitors viewed the artworks.

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'Resting' - Monument to the Lowly Seagull That Was the River; this is the Sea Diva Diver Study for Neither Here nor There Knut in Abdication It's a King Size Whiting by George Turbines or Toilet Burning Down the House Incoming Tide Sculptures made by local schools Joy Breach Point Resolution

 

Resting - Monument to the Lowley Seagull by Kerry Argent

Resting - Monument to the Lowley Seagull Resting - Monument to the Lowley Seagull (detail) Resting - Monument to the Lowley Seagull (detail)
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Recycled corrugated iron, recycled galvanised iron, wire, steel.

Seagulls are delightful. They have character, hierarchy, personalities, they fight, squabble, bully, play, court, and love each other. They seem to rarely share but they certainly steal, from each other, people, rubbish tips, fishing nets, picnic tables... don’t tempt them with a chip. They hunt, fly, soar and perch on any available surface. They are not pets but how can you not enjoy them and their antics, bold manner, stately stance and beautiful white feathers.

Other Sculptures by Kerry Argent

Ebb & Flow
Ebb & Flow 'Choices are made'

That Was the River; This is the Sea by Nic Compton

That Was the River; This is the Sea That Was the River; This is the Sea (at sunset) That Was the River; This is the Sea (detail)
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Originally from New Zealand with a partial Maori heritage which has influenced my work, the art of wood carving obviously is very strong in my native land.

My challenge is one of interpretation of the local environment, contemporary and historic issues, using techniques, imagery and mediums not so familiar in Western Australia. This is achieved by reacting in observation with the animal and plant species, human interrelations, within the environment. Inspiration may come from an eclectic mosaic from an article I have read, a microscopic image or even earth’s atmospheric conditions as seen from outer space. Another principal for me in creating works is good craftsmanship as in the work having a presence of its own, a life that may speak to others, like the Maori have the philosophy of Mana or personal power or a life of its own within the object.

‘That was the River, This is the Sea’ was a reaction to an article about a Japanese fishing boat pulling up a decomposing carcass, thinking it was the remains of a dinosaur type creature, but which turned out to be a dead whale. Due to human contemporary life styles, many of the oceans’ environmental problems start at the rivers and end at the seas.

Other Sculptures by Nic Compton

Excavated Memories
Excavated Memories
The Host
The Host

Diva Diver by John Farrington

Diva Diver Diva Diver (at sunset) Diva Diver (Diva Dives)
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Steel, timber, mesh, rigid foam and resins with acrylic paint finish. (Model for casting)

Working as a sole practitioner in architecture since 1974 allowed me the freedom to incorporate the arts of all mediums and disciplines into my predominantly commercial and institutional projects. I have worked in many mediums ranging from ceramics, photo montage to steel, glass, concrete, stone and plastics, subject matter generally influenced by the architectural project or client user.

The human form and condition has always fascinated me, I marvel at the ancient carvings, tribal art and classical sculptures. This exhibition allows me to explore many of my interests, the human form in the landscape/seascape, relationship to the built and natural environment, movement and humour.

Other Sculptures by John Farrington

The Signal for 'U'
The Signal for 'U'
Flag the Vessels
FLAG the VESSELS

Study for Neither Here nor There by Kevin Draper and Indra Geidans

Study for Neither Here nor There Study for Neither Here nor There (detail) Study for Neither Here nor There (detail)
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Forged and welded steel and paint.

This work is a study for a larger work. The symbolic wings reference the coastal hinterland in particular wind currents and flight patterns. There is also a strong parallel connection with seafaring history in regard to winged protective spirits that guide and protect seafarers. The forged steel is used here as a kind of drawing medium using line, volume and texture to draw the backdrop of the sky and ocean.

Other Sculptures by Kevin Draper

INKWELL (WE SWIM IN A SEA OF WORDS)
INKWELL (WE SWIM IN A SEA OF WORDS)

Knut in Abdication by Stuart Elliott

Knut in Abdication Knut in Abdication (detail) Knut in Abdication
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Exasperated by the god-like veneration from his advisers, the mythical leader Knut (Canute) had himself placed at the ocean’s edge on the return tide. He commanded the waves to halt. The waves did not. In this way he clearly demonstrated the gap between responsibility and omnipotence - he may control the positioning of his throne, but not all its consequences. Such open self-assessment - a serious precursor to wisdom - appears now largely absent among us. We seem to be deep in an age which considers ‘failure’ and ‘success’ more issues of perception, best taken care of by marketing. The modern Canute has been pressured to step down for devaluing the celebrity of his office.

Other Sculptures by Stuart Elliott

Orpheus, in Transit
Orpheus, in Transit

It's a King Size Whiting by George by Lance Reid

It's a King Size Whiting by George It's a King Size Whiting by George(detail) It's a King Size Whiting by George
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Lance Reid’s creations are welded from any metal he can get his hands on, fascinated with the properties of stainless steel and changing light reflections of kinetic sculpture. The exhibit uses movement, balance and reflection to bring it to life.

Other Sculptures by Lance Reid

Victory Angel
Victory Angel

Turbines or Toilet by James McLean

Turbines or Toilet Turbines or Toilet (with framed turbines) Turbines or Toilet
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This piece is a not-so-subtle commentary on the choices humanity is faced with around future power generation and the global consequences of such choices…. Placing all global warming science and conjecture aside for a moment…..

How do we intuitively feel about power generated from naturally occurring systems such as waves, wind, sun and even heat from within the earth?

versus

Power generated from digging up vast quantities of the planet, transporting it to other parts of the planet and burning it in huge polluting power plants?

We stand at a pivotal time in human history in which these choices need to be made, choices that will affect our children and grandchild. What is our legacy to be?

(This is a location oriented work and should ideally be viewed with wind turbines framed in the background.)

Other Sculptures by James McLean

Divided
Divided
Blood Vessel
Blood Vessel

Burning Down the House by Michael O'Doherty

Burning Down the House Burning Down the House (sunset silhouette) Burning Down the House (detail)
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What more do I need to say? Other than yeh! What a great idea. Let's BURN DOWN THE HOUSE!

Eat, drink and be merry! And! BURN DOWN THE HOUSE!

Other Sculptures by Michael O'Doherty

Dear Mother
Dear Mother
Ex-caveat-ot
Ex-caveat-ot

Incoming Tide by Sandy O'Doherty

Incoming Tide Incoming Tide (detail) Incoming Tide (detail)
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This work can be read in two ways...

Lift your trousers as the waters reach out to touch you. There is a quiet pleasure from this, the contact of water on our feet, from puddles to oceans the water is a part of us and this small act can transport us back to a time when joy could be found in simpler things.

The second interpretation is more about a commentary on the threat of global warming and rising sea levels. We can wonder about the effect this may have on our lives, will this simple pleasure become more ominous?

Other Sculptures by Sandy O'Doherty

War Games
War Games
‘Grateful I am that I was born here’
‘Grateful I am that I was born here’

Sculptures Made by Local Schools

Sculptures by Local Schools Our Future by John Calvin School - Year 7 Untitled by Albany Senior High School Students - Year 10
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Our Future (above middle) by John Calvin School Year 7 students and teacher Eritia Bax with Michael O’Doherty

Untitled (above right) by Albany Senior High School, Year 10’s with teacher Sandy O’Doherty

After a drawing process looking at ideas of past present and future, the students fixed very firmly and vibrantly on their futures which they saw in the most positive terms blue skies, palm trees, endless beaches and enthusiasm for life yet to be lived.

Joy by David Stockdale

Joy Joy (sunset silhouette) Joy (detail)
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‘Joy’ moves form in a way that dances into infinity. Stainless steel becomes a soft sensuous gesture of positivity and hope.

Other Sculptures by David Stockdale

Hope
Hope

Breach by David Taylor

Breach Breach (detail) Breach (during installation)
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I have done sculptural whale forms of vastly differing scales for a while now, after all THIS IS ALBANY. But this location offers up the rare opportunity to put things right into context, so a breaching whale form is a natural conclusion. I decided on a stylised rendering in rust finished wrought iron using a bit of negative space. I just love these animals and love the form.

Other Sculptures by David Taylor

The AE2 is Scuttled
The AE2 is Scuttled
U.F.O. (Unidentified Fishing Object)
U.F.O. (Unidentified Fishing Object)

Point Resolution by Tony Jones

Point Resolution Point Resolution (detail with reflected sunlight) Point Resolution (during low tide)
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The sculpture represents an ongoing interest in the navigational hardware of the sea. It may allude to light houses, buoys, towers, and fish traps.

Other Sculptures by Tony Jones

At the Going Down of the Sun
At the Going Down of the Sun