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Artist Gabrielle Rosati with her Iron Horse, centre, and Swell Sculpture Festival site curator Dev Lengjel. Photo Jeff Dawson
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The SWELL Sculpture Festival, Queensland’s largest outdoor sculpture exhibition which is celebrating its 15th year on the Gold Coast, kicks off at Currumbin Beach today.

Several northern NSW artists have been selected for the popular 10-day event, which sees up to 50 Australian and international artists display eye-catching and thought-provoking works along a 1km stretch of coastline.

Most sculptures highlight a range of social, environmental and contemporary issues.

Organisers say the festival transforms the golden sands of Currumbin Beach into ‘a dazzling landscape of interactive and inspiring public art amid a carnival atmosphere of live entertainment, street food, artist talks and masterclasses for all ages’.

Northern rivers artists included in festival:

Jeanette Krohn, Byron Bay (‘Post-Tree Museum II’)

Professional artist Jeanette Krohn is hoping to make a strong environmental statement with her sculpture ‘Post-Tree Museum ll’.  This is the second piece in her Post-Tree Museum series, the first piece (Post Tree Museum l) was a testament to the original ‘Big Scrub’ forests of the Northern Rivers.  ‘Post-Tree Museum II’ is 10 years later and the forests of the world are in a much more precarious position. The Trees this time are therefore made of glass.

Allison Allcok, Brunswick Heads (‘Surf Warriors’)

Emerging artist Alison works with materials and objects found in her neighbourhood. For this year’s SWELL Sculpture Festival, she is creating a sculpture out of pre-loved surfboards. Drawing inspiration from the objects themselves, her work involved transformation, in this case from surf boards to an armoury of arrows, spears and harpoons. Alison believes these pre-loved surfboards have a story and can tell us so much about the Gold Coast’s surfing culture. ‘Once regarded as an alternative or fringe activity, these pieces stand as a salute to the pioneers of the Gold Coast’s surfing culture. They are free spirited surf ‘warriors’ who explored the coast in a quest to find and conquer the perfect wave’. 

Gabriel Rosita, Suffolk Park (‘Knight To’ )

Professional artist Gabriel Rosita is creating a whimsical sculpture of a Knight, out of mixed media. The artist is creating the piece to impact viewers emotions in a mixed way.  She wants them to see the beauty of the copper, then the conflicting beauty of the rusty steel sheets, imprinted with their own language and history, and finally to experience the power of the horse.

Lance Seadon, Billinudgel (‘Currumbin Cruisin’)

Lance is creating a series of Billy Carts for the SWELL Sculpture Festival, just like the ones he used to make when growing up in the 50s with no computers,  this is a whimsical look at the Billy Cart era of his childhood. He is creating a six individual and unique Billy Carts exploring the use of recycled and ‘junk’ materials arranged to convey a sense of drama, movement and excitement; capturing the imagination of young and old alike.


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