Willow show in the wind
IF you were looking for a signature tune to describe sculptor Peter Wade, then it would have to be 'everything old is new again'.
Peter's latest solo exhibition, Willow, opens tonight at the Jetty's John Gordon Gallery and features exquisite pieces created from salvaged items.
"I enjoy resurrecting items that have already served a useful purpose and their shape and form suggests that they could be given a totally different role ? a combination of creating something new and celebrating the intrinsic value of the materials and components used," Peter said.
Many of the pieces on exhibition in Willow contain bits of old rusty iron, discarded in the old quarry at the harbour foreshores.
"When they were rebuilding the jetty, they dumped a lot of the old timber and pylons in the old quarry so I have found all this nice rusty metal hidden in the grass," he said.
"I didn't change any of the shapes. They had lovely shapes to begin with, which I have incorporated in the finished piece. This exhibition is totally different to my previous exhibition (at John Gordon Gallery) so I hope people like it."
Perhaps the most intriguing piece is that of Darth Vader ? or rather his helmet.
The contradiction of one of the most threatening and ominous symbols of evil overlaid with the intricate and delicate willow pattern is not lost on the artist nor on the casual observer.
Willow opens tonight and will be on exhibition until March 12. John Gordon Gallery is located at 360 Harbour Drive, next door to the Pier Hotel.