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ECU student’s succeed at Gomboc Gallery Sculpture Survey

Friday, 18 June 2010


Sculpture and glass students from ECU’s School of Communication and Arts have taken the Gomboc Sculpture Survey by storm with eight first, second and third year students receiving $500 each for their outstanding work.

The Gomboc Sculpture Survey is one of the largest open air exhibition spaces in Western Australia, showcasing outdoor student sculptures as well as international artists.

Eighty sculpture students from ECU, Curtin University of Technology and Polytechnic West entered this year’s event, with the challenge to create outdoor sculptures that take into account the park’s natural surroundings, whilst creating pieces that can withstand the harsh winter weather.

Visual Arts Course Coordinator and Sculpture lecturer, Dr Nien Schwarz is proud of her students achievements.

“There were a number of wonderful pieces entered in this year’s exhibition, and the quality of work was amazing.”

“I’m thrilled ECU students received such high recognition, and I’d like to congratulate them on their achievements.”

The Gomboc Sculpture Survey is currently running at the Gomboc Sculpture Park in Middle Swan until the 27 June, with all student prizes funded by gallery owners Ron and Terrie Gomboc.

Congratulations to the following students:

First year
Jasmine Teackle for Man’s Best Friend - welded steel dog sculptures made from car door panels.

Second year
Grace Denness for Space/Memory - tall hooded welded steel sculptures.

Nicola Flaherty for A Fragile Freedom - fused glass and copper butterflies installed on a small dead tree.

Cecilia Nannini for The Daikinean Growth – 20-metres of stripped back air conditioning ducting which winds its way through a tree, into the ground, and appears to resurface and extend over a bridge on the other side of the road.

Lisa Reilly for Field Lab – a full scale caravan stripped back on the inside and set up like a biological and zoological field station complete with specimens.

Third year
Andrew Middleton for How Many Light Bulbs Does it Take to Change the Climate? - planted row of small dead sheoak trees which have been trimmed and turned into power poles.

Anjilene Phoenix for We Can’t Go on Like This - low walled structure of firewood that alludes to a habitation out of balance  

Alberdina Plug for Cell - wood triangle extensively wrapped in barbed wire, with string interplay between prickly exterior form and notion of protection on the inside. 

For more information, visit the Gomboc Gallery Sculpture Park website.


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