Fine detail: Birgit Grapentin, from Laidley, sculpting Explorer in the 2008 Sculpture Symposium.
Fine detail: Birgit Grapentin, from Laidley, sculpting Explorer in the 2008 Sculpture Symposium.

Sculptors to leave their mark

SCULPTORS still have time to be involved in the 2010 Bio-Concepts Southern Downs Sculpture Symposium after organisers extended the deadline yesterday.

Symposium creative director and sculptor Paul Stumkat, representing Killarney Area Promotions Association, said they would extend the closing date until April 30.

“We have received some excellent applications, in particularly international, but we really want to see more Queensland and Australian sculptors get involved,” Mr Stumkat said.

“We need more time to get the word out there to our fellow sculptors and encourage them to participate in the fantastic event.

“The closing date was April 2 but we are willing to extend this until the end of the month,” he said.

A total of 20 sculptors will be selected to be part of the event. The nine-day participation begins on September 10 and finishes with the Sculpture and Art Festival in the Park on September 19.

Participants will work alongside five guest sculptors who will create monumental pieces from September 4, carved from six-tonne pieces of Tanamerah Sandstone.

Artists will be provided with a safe place to work, shelter, compressed air and a powered working space within a designated area of Leslie Park, Warwick.

The artworks produced by participating artists remains the property of the artist but artists may choose to offer it for sale through the Sculptors’ Auction on Sunday, September 19. In 2008 prices for sculptures auctioned ranged from as little as $100 up to $8000.

The fee is $550 and each participating sculptor will receive a 500mm cube block of Tanamerah sandstone and a block of Mount Gambier limestone (block dimensions about 60cm x 30cm x 30cm).

Sculptors who wish to participate can contact Symposium event co-ordinator Leanne de Toerkenczy on 04018 790 215 or go to the website www.sculpturess.com



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