Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - VICTORIA NUGENTNUG

AS the start of bi­en­nial Townsville sculp­ture fes­ti­val Strand Ephe­mera looms, the hard work isn’t yet over.

Wul­guru artist Cameron Rush­ton has spent months work­ing on his mild steel sculp­ture of a gi­ant oc­to­pus and has been burn­ing the mid- night oil to get it fin­ished in time. Rush­ton said he would be pulling an­other late night tonight to get his art­work done, be­fore tak­ing it to The Strand for in­stal­la­tion.

“It should be ready to Thurs­day,” he said yes­ter­day.

“There’s been lot of set- up in­volved. I had to build a ( black­smith- go on ing) forge for the project. Right now I’m still in the hard work phase but I’ll just be happy to have it done.”

Rush­ton got into mak­ing metal sculp­tures after tak­ing a fab­ri­ca­tion course through TAFE in the 1990s.

But he is set to down tools soon to re­turn to em­ploy­ment in the min­ing sup­ply sec­tor.

“This will prob­a­bly be my project for a lit­tle while,” he said.

This year, 31 art­works will be on dis­play as part of the bi­en­nial sculp­ture fes­ti­val, with 25 com­pet­i­tive en­tries vy­ing for the $ 10,000 Award for Artis­tic Ex­cel­lence.

Strand Ephe­mera will launch on Fri­day night. last of­fi­cially

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