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February 3, 2023

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From left, RGOL prizewinner Hannah Massey, with Janelle Stanford, Suvira McDonald and fellow sculptor Rebekah Seriah Webster. Rebekah was awarded $1,000 by Mullum Chamber of Commerce to develop and adapt her piece for installation in the town as street furniture. Photo Jeff Dawson

Monument to the Wet Season by Hannah Massey was the winner of the Ingenuity Maquette Exhibition, held last weekend at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club.

She won the Retired Gentlemen Of Leisure (RGOL) award of $8,000 to upscale her work for installation the Mullum Sculpture Walk.

‘I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to contribute to the sculpture walk, and to a town that has been my home for over 20 years. It means so much to me,’ Hannah told The Echo.

Invoke awe

‘My sculpture aims to invoke the awe that one feels when at the base of one of the many waterfalls of our region; or the atmosphere when the rain is so heavy and so constant. 

‘It will be made of many, many ceramic beads strung on stainless steel wire and suspended above a dry water channel.

‘On a windy day, I expect the movement of the beads to sound like rain or tumbling water’, she said.

Rebekah Seriah Webster was awarded $1,000 by Mullum Chamber of Commerce to develop and adapt her piece for installation in the town as street furniture. 

Her piece Humans Warm To Their New Home asks the question: ‘Does “Home” still mean what it once did?’ said Rebekah in her artist statement.

Heather Stevenson won the Peoples Choice award of $500 with a delightful sculpture chicken called Mrs Norris with feathers made out of willow plate.

‘I sourced an entire set of the classic willow pattern china to mosaic Mrs Norris. The blue-and-white dinnerware raises in me images of old country dressers in softly-lit farmhouse kitchens, with rows of gleaming plates nestling on the shelf,’ said Heather in her artist statement.

The two Highly Commended Peoples Choice awards went to Joey Ruigrok and Damien Lucas.


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