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Kimberley-inspired giant boab tree unveiled at Sculpture by Sea at Cottesloe Beach

Kimberley-inspired giant boab tree unveiled at Sculpture by Sea at Cottesloe Beach

A Kimberley-inspired giant boab tree has been unveiled in the heart of Sculpture by the Sea as it returns to Perth’s popular Cottesloe Beach for a 18-day exhibition.

A two-year labour of love for Rockingham artist Tuinna Blackie, the 4m tall and 6m wide sculpture marks her first entry in the creative event.

“It’s my first time in the exhibition, my family really wanted me to enter. The boab tree came as my family go camping a lot and I saw it as a challenge,” she said.

Her work sits alongside 33 other WA artists as well as 11 interstate and 25 international pieces.

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WA Artist Jarrod Taylor was awarded the prestigious $10,000 Western Australian Sculptor Scholarship for his third work at Cottesloe in three years.

The WA Emerging Artist Mentorship of $15,000 — funded by Ian Hicks and Susie Grant through the George Hicks Foundation — was awarded to Gwilym Faulkner for his work, ‘Yang-Yin’, two 3m-tall structures made from aluminium and rope. They represent two bodies in unison and contradiction with the other and are inspired by the Chinese yin-yang philosophy and the idea of shared biology.

After the people of Perth and WA saved Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe last year by generously rallying around the exhibition, organisers are again asking visitors to donate $5 on entry, or $10 for families, to support the artists and keep the exhibition afloat.

Last year, visitors donated just over $99,000, a figure matched by the Minderoo Foundation.

In 2021, organisers are hoping the public will again rally behind Sculpture by the Sea to donate $250,000 to replace the Australia Council funds, the contribution that went towards artists and the bottom-line last year, as well as the extra $50,000 required for COVID marshalls, cleaning costs and other costs to comply with COVID requirements.

The exhibition runs until March 22 and it again calling on community donations to keep it afloat.