Twin tower projects

Avon Valley Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - Lynn Gri­er­son

WHEAT­BELT artists will present a tow­er­ing pres­ence at this year’s Sculp­ture by the Sea, with two friends dis­play­ing sculp­tures on a sim­i­lar theme.

Un­be­known to each other, they both chose to cre­ate a tower for the ex­hi­bi­tion re­turn­ing to Cottes­loe Beach from March 3 to 20.

Dutch- born pain­ter and sculp­tor Tom de Munk- Kerk­meer of Northam con­structed his piece, ti­tled Mega Pixel Power Tower , us­ing wood, steel, alu­minium and acrylic paint, while York’s Tim Burns built a full- size col­lapsi­ble tower of steel and light­ing.

Both artists are not new to the beach­side ex­hi­bi­tion, hav­ing ex­hib­ited in Sculp­tures by the Sea sev­eral times in Perth and Sydney. De Munk- Kerk­meer ( 52) won the high­ly­cov­eted He­len Lem­priere Award in 2012 in Sydney for a larger- scale ver­sion of a piece he called Luchtkas­teel - mean­ing ‘ cas­tle in the air’ - to col­lect a $ 30,000 schol­ar­ship for the advancement of his art­work.

He said his en­try in this year’s Sculp­ture by Sea in Perth was a state­ment about the grow­ing num­ber of dig­i­tal tow­ers on the land­scape.

“The coloured blocks are a bit like the pix­els you see on a com­puter screen and they look a bit like blocks of Lego,” he said.

With a pref­er­ence for us­ing re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als, the well- trav­elled artist draws in­spi­ra­tion for other works from time spent liv­ing over­seas in South Amer­ica, Belgium and the Caribbean.

“My pieces have to be eas­ily de­mount­able be­cause I trans­port my work in a spe­cial car­rier on the back of my bike; I’ve never owned a car and never in­tend to,” he said.

Burns ( 70) lives in the small town of Gwamby­gine near York.

He said his sculp­tor 3rd De­gree

Burns paid homage to the 22 trans­mis­sion tow­ers brought down by cy­clonic winds in South Aus­tralia’s mid- north in Oc­to­ber 2016, re­sult­ing in a state- wide black­out.

The artist and short- film pro­ducer drew in­spi­ra­tion for many of his other works from an old quarry and sa­cred site near his home, with some of his paint­ings and videos form­ing part of a March ex­hi­bi­tion at the Art Col­lec­tors Gallery at 565 Hay Street.

“Keep­ing busy and hav­ing a great time is what I’m do­ing right now be­cause as you get older you re­alise sooner or later you’re go­ing to drop dead,” he said with a chuckle.

Pic­ture: Will Rus­sell www. com­mu­ni­typix. com. au d465155

Tim Burns at Fre­man­tle Power Sta­tion, in keep­ing with his tower in­spi­ra­tion.

Pic­ture: Matt Jelonek d465159

Sculp­tures by the Sea artist Tom de MunkKerk­meer.

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