CRAB S TICKS OUT AS S TRAND AR T
CRABS and beaches may go together, but it’s rare to spot one quite this large.
A giant metal crab is one of the unique artworks being installed for this year’s Strand Ephemera sculpture festival.
The 2.2km length of The Strand is being transformed with 31 artworks ahead of the launch on Friday night.
Toowoomba- based artist Joy Heylen’s piece The Crab is 4.5m wide and almost 3m high. “It took about 350 hours crammed into two months,” she said.
“The steel I used mimics the shell of the crab in that it provides a protective layer and it also ages and changes colour.”
The outdoor exhibition will include 25 competitive entries and six commissioned pieces, with a $ 10,000 Award for Artistic Excellence up for grabs.
Townsville City Council Community and Cultural Development Committee chair Cr Colleen Doyle said Strand Ephemera, which is held every two years, had previously drawn more than 140,000 people to the festival over 10 days.
“It’s a way to bring art to the people in an outdoor location that is just stunning,” she said.