Camphor stump a winner with public
Byron Bay artist John Dahlsen's camphor-stump sculpture has won the people's choice award at the artsCape Biennial sculpture exhibition.
Mr Dahlsen worked on the sculpture for two years, cleaning, sanding, shaping, oiling and waxing the timber to reveal the tree's intrinsic beauty.
Speaking from China where he is exhibiting his works, he said it had been a wonderful experience to be part of artsCape again and he was honoured to have been awarded the prize by visitors to the exhibition.
“Like a painting, every square inch has been worked with care,” he said.
Other artworks that were popular with viewers were Annie Younger's Burger Cruiser, Daniel Clemmetts' Scorpion made from car parts, Samantha Collyer's sculpture, Eggsistence, comprising ceramic egg nests in the dunes, and Bronwen Berman's stainless steel depiction of wave spray called Spindrift.
“What's great is that four of the five most popular sculptures are made by local artists,” curator Merran Morrison said.
“It just demonstrates once again the calibre of sculptors we have in our region.”
Mr Dahlsen won a luxurious week's holiday at Beach Hotel Resort.
Organisers of the exhibition were thrilled with the public response to the exhibition.
“We estimate that over 30,000 people have visited the exhibition,” Rebecca Townsend said.
“It has been a most popular event for tourists, locals and families during school holidays.
“We would like to extend our thanks to the group of talented artists who have been involved.”
ArtsCape Biennial hopes to return to the beachfront in 2012.