Scott has swell time sculpting

KINGSCLIFF man Scott Leslie hopes to be involved with more public art after his experience in the Swell Sculpture Festival this year.

Mr Leslie, 24, had never sculpted seriously before this year's event, but got an opportunity to be involved with the Artist in Residence Program.

“It is my first time doing anything like Swell and my first proper sculpture,” he said yesterday.

“It has been great and I have been pretty busy, which is good.

“All the entrants are giving back to the festival, which is really good.

“And there have definitely been a few parties.”

His work will be displayed at Currumbin Beach with 51 other entries throughout the 10-day festival.

Mr Leslie was introduced to artist Mark Warne though his work at the Crossing Divides workshop, which helps disadvantaged and disabled young people. Mr Leslie has battled schizophrenia.

“I have been volunteering there for four or five months and am taking every opportunity that comes my way,” Mr Leslie said.

He worked with Mr Warne to create his Love Fish entry from scratch, even venturing to the quarry to choose the sandstone.

The family of totem poles of hearts was created with the help of children at the Crossing Divides workshops.

Mr Leslie plans to use his new sculpting skills to create more art for the Kurrawa all skills park, which is under construction.

He said he enjoyed art because it gave him .

The Swell Sculpture Festival continues at Currumbin Beach until September 20.

For more festival information visit www.swellsculpture.com.au



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