Brighton Jetty Sculptures 2015

This morning’s beach walk  included a gallery of surprising and remarkable sculptures.  Held along the Brighton beachfront in Holdfast Bay, the exhibition is managed and supported by volunteers. This year there are over a hundred exhibits of indoor and outdoor sculptures from local artists. Entries in the nine award categories are judged according to their creativity, innovation, technical expertise and standards of production. Entries in the Environmental Awareness category are also judged on the environmental message outlined in the artist statement.

Since I happened to have my camera with me here are a few of my favourite entries. One of the sustainable features of this exhibition is that most of the sculptures are  made from recycled, repurposed or found materials and objects. The exhibits can be viewed until the end of this week and there are more details about dates and opening times at Brighton Jetty Classic Sculptures Exhibition.

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‘Ghost Dingoes: Familia’ – Clancy Warner

Material: Re-claimed barbed wire and steel and welded using solar power.

“Ghost Dingoes portray a species on the brink of extinction. Dingoes, Australia’s native dogs, are top order predators; they are needed to balance this fragile eco-system. Within the next 50 years, the pure-blooded dingo will vanish unless things change.”

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‘Flipper’ – Marc Spurgin

Material: Recycled steel

“They call him Flipper, Flipper faster than lightning, no-one you see is smarter than he, And we know Flipper, lives in a world full of wonder, Flying there-under, under the sea! Everyone loves the king of the sea, Ever so kind and gentle is he.” The environmental message is “… to a dolphin a pool is a cage… the mortality rate and abnormal behaviours of captive dolphins prove that a lack of stimulation causes them terrible stress…”

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‘Medusa of the China Sea’ – Rebecca Edwards

Material: found objects – shop manikin, mosaic, china, glass, mirror, pebbles, marble

“…Perhaps she is angry at the damage done to our oceans and waterways.”

 28 jan sculptures 031 - Copy‘Plastic reef! Better than the real thing?’ – Jacky Spencer

Material: found objects – plastic toys on steel and wire frames with weighted stone bases

“ Coral reefs and Grass beds, the nurseries of our oceans – breeding, nurturing and sustaining our ocean life. They are in serious trouble because of Global Warming and over-fishing, brought about by our relentless tsunami-like hunger for more; more money, more food, more sex appeal. More stuff! The environmental awareness message is about the nature of pointless consumerism and the direct effect on our reefs and sea grass beds.”

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‘Oceana Botanica’ – Carla Gottgens – Winner of Environmental Awareness category

Material: printed paper, wheat paste

“This work reflects the fragile nature of our oceans and brings to the forefront the small delicate inhabitants of our sea beds that we take for granted because they are usually out of sight. Everything is affected by what we do on land and even though each sea creature has a natural life span our non-actions towards environmental signals will increase the slow destruction of the oceanic world… This work reflects the fragile nature of our ocean… This is a site specific ephemeral piece that will slowly disintegrate over time to replicate the disintegration of our oceanic life.”

 28 jan sculptures 043 - Copy ‘Gaia’ – Marc Spurgin

“Gaia creator and giver of birth to the earth and all the universe.”

Material: recycled metal

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‘Spirit Time Keeper’ – Marc Spurgin

Material: recycled steel

 28 jan sculptures 098 - Copy ‘Rapacious’ – Jason Milanovic

Material: recycled mobile phones, car battery, housing aggregate, epoxy resin

“Our consumerism is represented by the mobile phone destroying our planet through the rapacious use of mineral resources and degradation through pollution related to waste disposal.”

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‘Hope’ – Tony Sedgman

Material: Old Moonta Bay jetty pylon, recycled steel

“Hope is a symbol and a statement of the greatest environmentalists of our time. Hope asks questions of you and me as well as highlights the greatest world and Australian environmentalists of our time. I believe in our future and hope people will look at the names and investigate what they are known for and pass forward this information.”

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One Response to Brighton Jetty Sculptures 2015

  1. Dinali says:

    Great to see art being used to raise awareness of environmental issues. Hopefully it will reach some people that other more traditional means would not reach and spark that interest to look into and act on the issues further.

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