Dominique Sutton (left) and Sasha Reid work together on one of the boats that will be set in a tree for artsCape Byron Bay which will open on Saturday.
Dominique Sutton (left) and Sasha Reid work together on one of the boats that will be set in a tree for artsCape Byron Bay which will open on Saturday.

Beachfront becomes world stage

A flotilla of boats hanging from trees will be one of the spectacular sculptures on show at artsCape 2010 – a free 16-day outdoor sculpture event which opens in Byron Bay on Saturday.


The unusual nautical sculpture is being created on a 65-acre macadamia farm at Eureka.


Entitled ‘Melt’, the sculpture is a collaborative artwork between local sculptor Dominique Sutton and Sydney artist Sasha Reid.


The artwork hopes to convey a message about global warming and rising water levels and consists of a number of small boats installed in trees, complete with oars.


More than 65 works from international, national and local sculptors will adorn the Clarkes Beach foreshore.


All works will convey messages about the environment and sustainability.


Invited artists include renowned Australian sculptors Bert Flugelman and Greg Johns; Phil Price from New Zealand; Syrian Usama Al Nassar; Japanese artist Keizo Ushio and Nick Horrigan from the UK.


Twenty-two Northern Rivers artists will feature in artsCape.


Ms Sutton said her boat sculpture would look a bit like a flotilla.


She said it was good to be working on a concept that is pertinent to what is happening around us.


Ms Sutton’s previous works have included the three steel statues that were built on top of the Sydney AMP Tower for the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000.


Mr Reid’s works include the touching memorial to the victims of the Bali bombings in Coogee.


Neither artist has worked together before but they are finding it a rewarding activity.


“We have some great times yakking and swapping ideas,” Mr Reid said.


“We can critique each other’s work and feel supported.”


Ms Sutton believes what works for them is their similar artistic ideas.


“We are lucky we have similar work ethics and can work together respectfully,” she said.


“We like the same artists and while we have similar aesthetic appeal, we don’t overlap too much.”


Ms Sutton said the idea of putting the boats in trees came to them in a ‘light bulb’ moment. “It was simple and elegant and we had both worked with boats before,” she said.


The official opening of artsCape will be held at The Beach Hotel at 2pm on Sunday.


For more information go to www.artscapebiennial.org


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