Dolphin sculptures making a splash with colour
BUCKY, Calamity, Zippy and Bella may still be wearing basic grey, but four other dolphins at Dolphin Marine Magic have head-turning new looks.
"It's been 20 years since the dolphin statues in the park have had a facelift, so during summer we ran a cash-prize competition for local artists to submit designs, of which we selected four," marketing and promotions manager Christina Hyde said.
The colourful new looks were unveiled at Easter and have proven a popular photo opportunity with park visitors.
"This permanent installation has become part of the international animal art trail - Abu Dhabi has their camels, Vancouver has the orcas and we have the dolphins."
The artists who created the four totally different looks were Brentyn Lugnan, Fiona McAuley, Jeramie Scahill and Youbi Lee.
To celebrate the unveiling, Dolphin Marine Magic is running a new competition. Vote for your favourite and go in the running to win an Ultimate Dolphin Swim.
As well as one reader winning a dolphin swim, the artist who created the dolphin voted most popular will also win a swim with the creatures.
Online voting is open now and closes noon, July 12. One vote per IP address.
See below for pictures of all four sculptures plus a quick explanation from each artist about what inspired them.
Which of the four painted sculptures at Dolphin Marine Magic is your favourite?
This poll ended on 12 July 2013.
Gaagal Yugirr, Dreaming Dolphin - Brentyn Lugnan
Coriolis Dolphin - Fiona McAuley
Sea Warrior Dolphin - Jeramie Scahill
Mombae Dolphin - Youbi Lee
This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.
A. BRENTYN LUGNAN - Gaagal Yugirr Dreaming Dolphin
"Being a Gumbaynggir man, to myself and other local peoples of the Coffs region, the dolphin is an animal that has great significance. It is a part of our collective Dreaming and features in many stories. My concept involves painting the dolphin with my Gaagal Dreaming design. Gaagal is the local Gumbaynggirr word for the ocean. This I feel would help protect the spirit of the dolphin and give homage to it's place as a sea creature."
B. FIONA MCAULEY - Coriolis
"The colourful patterns on the dolphin reflect the movement of the dolphin through and out of the water - its effect on the water and wind currents, similar to that of the coriolis effect. The sunset colours have been chosen for colourful contrast to the aquas and blues of the ocean."
C . JERAMIE SCAHILL - Sea Warrior Dolphin
"The dolphin art piece is by metal smith Jeramie Scahill. The dolphin is a futuristic environmental warrior of the sea with dollops of steam punk, in a coat of armor of stainless steel, copper, rust, aluminum and zincalume."
D . YOUBI LEE - Mom-bae Dolphin
"Youbi was inspired to paint her dolphin in tropical and native Australian flowers as they reminded her of "Mom-bae" which is fashionable in the local markets in Korea. It reminded her of the vibrant sounds, spicy smells and the bustling of people of these markets, where many people wear 'Mom-bae' patterns."