07 December 2018

Seal - Part 1 - the concept

Meanwhile.... An exciting commission to create a new work to feature prominently in the Crrenter of Warrnambool as part of the Liebig Street redevelopment. The work, entitled 'Seal' hopes to strengthen the connection between the the center of town and the amazing coastal environment which is such an important part of the the town represents.Warrnambool is our closest beach from here and for me that environment that is so starkly different from the Wimmera.

Seal will take the form of the head and shoulders of a giant seal emerging from the footpath as though it has just swum up from the harbour and poked its head up at the in the middle of Liebig Street to see what’s happening. Seal will be a striking presence on the street, "though not a threatening one
rather a playful guardian-spirit looking for a playmate. With its head cocked slightly to one side
its smiling face and bright
sparkling eyes full of life
born from a CG/gaming aesthetic but with parallels in the cubist movement older residents and tourists alike. With its dramatic lines and bold edges
Seal will be instantly recognizable from a distance and provide visual interest for pedestrians from all. The oxidised surface patina will protect it from the elements and mimic the dappled brown fur of the seals in the harbour.

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