Working sculpture wins Coffs artist $20,000 prize
COFFS HARBOUR sculptor John Van Der Kolk is one of three winners of the 2006 Casuarina Sculpture Walk Award for his five-metre-tall kinetic steel and aluminium sculpture, titled Vane.
Mr Van Der Kolk said he was delighted by the win.
"It's the second biggest prize pool of any sculpture exhibition in Australia," he said.
He said all 27 finalists had considerable experience as sculptors and the field included four international artists.
Based on the sculptor's experience as an aircraft builder, Vane, one of his largest works to date, won Mr Van Der Kolk one of three $20,000 acquisitive prizes to become part of the $1 million Casuarina Sculpture Walk, located behind the beach between Kingscliff and Cabarita.
Judges said Vane showed quality craftsmanship and strong relationship to its situation and could be read instantly by a surfer or regular beachgoer as a symbol of prevailing weather conditions.
The two other 2006 winners were Garth Lean from Fingal for his steel and fibreglass figures, Two Brothers, and Tim Wetherill from Canberra for Solaris Antiquitus, a huge welded steel orb representing the sun.