CRAB S TICKS OUT AS S TRAND AR T

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VIC­TO­RIA NU­GENT

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.

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