Sculpture attacks whale killing

WHALES are too big for Petri dishes, so why do the Japanese do scientific testing on them?

That is the idea behind the concrete and stone sculpture that was being brought to life by North Stradbroke Island artist Michael Bullock at the Swell Sculpture Festival on Currumbin Beach on Thursday.

It's a protest against the so-called scientific whaling done by the Japanese,” said the stonemason, who has entered the outdoor exhibition for the first time this year.

“My idea is that instead of going down to the Southern Ocean to slaughter whales, maybe we could create bits of whale and they could use those instead of killing other beautiful animals.”

Coastal and environmental themes are reflected in the majority of works that will be exhibited along Marine Parade from tomorrow until September 20.

There will be 52 works on display, scattered along the foreshore and beach dunes, and the awards for the lucrative acquisition art prize were announced last night at an artists' event.

Festival curator Dev Lengjel said artists from across Australia and around the globe have entered the festival.

“There is no other exhibition like it - on the beach and free - in our area,” Mr Lengjel said.

“And it just keeps growing in the number of pieces and visitors.

“We have an Iranian artist for the first time this year, and there is also a large number of artists exhibiting from New Zealand and from Germany and France.

“The pieces this year are probably the best that we have ever had, and I am not the only one who thinks it; all the other artists are of the belief as well.”

One highlight of the festival was a creation by Northern Rivers artists Lynne Adams who, with the help of 960 kids from Currumbin Public School, created a net of recycled plastic bottle flowers which is installed on Currumbin Rock.



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