An inclusive touch
ARTIST Paul Drok and six helpers spent countless hours painstakingly creating the intricate design for the dolphin sculpture on display in Forrest Place.
Known as Connections, the highly visible artwork is one of 36 dolphins placed throughout Perth for The Big Splash, an interactive display to raise mental health awareness.
Drok, from Nedlands, said Connections grew from a tactile art project at a deaf/blind camp held at Woodman Point in 2016.
His daughter Kimberley (29), who is profoundly deaf with impaired vision, also contributed to the design.
“Many of the deaf/blind camp’s participants put together hexagonal, diamond and triangular-shaped wooden blocks and produced a range of tactile, figurative and abstract designs,” he said.
“Kimberley also designed and insisted her companion dog Violet, for design purposes now a Sea Dog, be included in the dolphin design.
“Fish, animals, stars, plants and shapes were either drawn on heavy lined hexagonal graph ■
paper, or made up with wooden blocks for the dolphin design.”
Many businesses, including Community News, provided sponsorship to help bring the sculptures to the streets and walkways of Perth.
Drok said he spent 25 hours drawing the design on to the sculpture.
“Many more hours went into it; we had four weeks to deliver. By being inclusive we all win,” he said.
One of the dolphin statues in Connections.