Sculp­tor drops in with more art

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Art - Sara Fitz­patrick

SCULP­TOR Nor­ton Flavel faces the same strug­gle ev­ery year when Sculp­ture by the Sea rolls around.

He wants to de­sign an art­work that com­ple­ments the land­scape and im­parts sig­nif­i­cance on an au­di­ence.

Af­ter much de­lib­er­a­tion over re­cent months, he found the an­swer – for the fourth con­sec­u­tive year – with a strik­ing gi­ant metal wa­ter drop.

“One of the sit­u­a­tions we face in life, and as artists, is to cre­ate some­thing with some kind of sig­nif­i­cance,” Flavel said.

“You can spend so much time work­ing on some­thing and then it’s just there for a cou­ple of weeks and it goes. So with this work I had the idea of sig­nif­i­cance – it’s just an­other drop in the ocean, an­other lit­tle thing that’s out there for a sec­ond and then goes.”

Flavel said a fur­ther chal­lenge was to get his ideas into some sort of achiev­able for­mat in just six months.

“It’s not a sit­u­a­tion where you’re paid up­front for your work so you have to make sure you have the re­sources to make it hap­pen,” he said.

Ti­tled And An­other (not Fluid as pub­lished else­where), the art­work is re­mod­elled from Flavel’s re­cent Sculp­ture by the Sea Bondi en­try, Just An­other.

“There aren’t a great amount of

op­por­tu­ni­ties for artists to put their work out into the gen­eral pub­lic so that’s the main rea­son I keep en­ter­ing the ex­hi­bi­tion,” he said.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie d465737

Nor­ton Flavel ap­plies some fin­ish­ing touches.

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