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Local students awarded by Gomboc Sculpture Survey

Monday, 21 June 2010


Edith Cowan University (ECU) Sculpture and Glass students and local residents Cecilia Nannini, Anjilene Phoenix and Andrew Middleton have been recognised by the Gomboc Sculpture Survey, each receiving $500 prizes for outstanding student works.

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.

100 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 parks natural surroundings, whilst creating pieces that can withstand the harsh winter weather.

Cecilia, Anjilene and Andrew were three of eight ECU students who were awarded with the $500 prizes, with a total of 12 prizes awarded for student works by gallery owners Ron and Terrie Gomboc.

Second year student, and Mount Hawthorn resident Cecilia’s sculpture, entitled The Daikinean Growth is a large scale piece, which utilised over 20 meters of stripped black air-conditioning duct, winding it around a tree and over a bridge, to create a tactile and intriguing sculpture which works with the park’s natural surroundings.

Mount Lawley resident and third year student Anjilene’s piece utilised eucalypt logs cut as firewood arranged in a wall that stops abruptly. The sculpture, entitled We Can’t go on Like This alludes to a habitat that is out of whack, with the construction stopped before completion.

Fellow third year student and Maylands resident Andrew’s piece, entitled How many light bulbs does it take to change the climate, is made from dead sheoak trees which have been trimmed to look like power poles, and is a response to the adjacent power plant grid on Roe Highway.

Third year student Andrew was thrilled to receive the award, which recognises the hard work done by ECU students.

“The excitement hits me every time I think about it, especially as this is the first time I have exhibited my work in a gallery, and the first time I have explored sculpture on a serious and professional level.”

Visual Arts Course Coordinator, and Sculpture lecturer, Dr Nien Schwartz congratulates the students on their 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.

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