ARTIST WORKS T O SHOW HIS MET AL
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