Step­ping Foot for­ward

Foot’s new gallery open in main­land

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Ja­cob Wil­son ja­cob.wil­son@whit­sun­day­times.com.au

FOOT Young is mo­ti­vated by a de­sire to leave be­hind a legacy that ex­tends well beyond his life time.

And Airlie Beach res­i­dents and tourists don’t need to look any fur­ther than Airlie Beach main st to ad­mire his mas­ter­pieces.

Mr Young has op­er­ated Foot’s Gallery from Hamil­ton Is­land for 30 years, but as of Mon­day af­ter­noon he opened his new gallery at the Heart Ho­tel.

“It’s a buzz for me to make some­thing that will last beyond my life time and even for for hun­dreds if not thou­sands of years,” he said.

“It is not like mak­ing a ham­burger where it’s here to­day and gone to­mor­row 3D art is very per­ma­nent.”

Sculp­tures on sale at Foot’s Gallery range from com­plex pieces which take months and years of ef­fort, to pieces of work which ap­peal to younger ages.

Mr Young gave insight into his suc­cess, in­clud­ing one of his whale sculp­tures which took two years to com­plete.

“First of all you have to make a master pat­tern and that is the hard work,” he said.

“Once you have the master pat­tern done you can make a mould from that and re­pro­duce it in vir­tu­ally any­thing.”

Lead­ing up to the hol­i­days, Foot’s Gallery is look­ing to hold kid work­shops with en­quiries wel­come at the shop.

There are do it your­self op­tions for any­one in­ter­ested in sculpt­ing their own work with in­struc­tions pro­vided.

Foot’s Gallery will be open seven days a week from 9am-8pm.

PHOTO: JA­COB WIL­SON

ARTIS­TIC AD­DI­TION: Lisa Christofersen, Foot Young and Ondie McFar­lane cel­e­brate the open­ing of Foot’s Gallery on the Airlie Beach main street.

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