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SWELL forecast set to spectacularLogistical issues aside of transporting a five-m

etre tall rat made from pallet t

imber, artist and sculptor Andrew Cullen says

he is feeling no pressure at all leading into this years SWELL Sculpture Festival on the Gold Coast. "No one ever wins it twice," says Cullen of taking out the prestigious Neumann Family SWELL Sculpture Award last year with Prickles the Unhuggable Bear, his creative collaboration with friend and fellow sculptor Dion Parker. "I have no expectations placed on me and I didnt go into this years festival with any intention of trying to win. I just wanted to make the

sculpture I wanted to make." Titled The Host, Cullen says the message behind the giant rat made from pallet timber is the link with the planet and global warming. "It represents how were warming this planet to the point where i

ts about to set fire and I am asking the question, do we stop before we set it alight or do we burn it? In its 17th year, the SWELL Sculpture Festival is Queensland

s largest outdoor sculpture exhibition featuring 马报高手坛 买料卖料网站 more than 55 works of art dotted along the one-kilometre foreshore between Currumbin Beach and Elephant Rocks. The 10-day showcase of installations, digital works and sculpture will be complemented by a program of entertainment and activities including the children-focused SWELL Kids Element area, the SWELL Smalls Gallery of small-scale sculptures, as well as adult and child master classes. F

amily-friendly and free, SWELL has grown into an internationally acclaimed cultural attraction that not only captivates art lovers and beachgoers alike but also promotes the talents of artists like Cullen. "I was a painter for a very long time holding exhibitions around the world before taking up sculpting in 2010 because of SWELL and entering my first ever sculpture piece. Ive entered five or six times since and as a result I rarely pai

nt now. Im all about sculpting," says Cullen. "I won the Peoples Choice award before but taking out the main prize last year was the biggest accolade Ive had in my sculpting career so far, so it was a very big deal." "Its fair to say SWELL has turne

d me into a sculptor from a painter," he adds. SWELL co-founder and artistic director Natasha Edwards says SWELL has provided a platform for emerging artists to have the opportunity to explore their skills and abilities to create the concepts, then present it in a public space. "Each sculpture tells a story and collectively these stories emanate the essence of SWELL. Thats what were interested in," says Edwards. "Its all about people, art and place." Ranging from geometric minimalism and traditional formali

st to metamodernism and everything in between, the sculptures are created with methods ranging from hand carving to computerised algorithms. Artists at this years festival have the opportunity to share $27,500 in prize money with the major winner to take home $15,000 in cash. "All the sculptures are very impressive artworks. Its not really for me to say which is going to be the standout sculpture. Our audience identifies with the diversity of the work presented," says Edwards. "There will be ones people wont like and there will be ones people will absolutely adore. Peopl

e will come expecting to like something and then be completely blown away by the connection they feel with the work. I believe thats when the artist has successfully made that connection through their work." The public will not get the opportunity to grow too attached to Cullens work The Host. He has no aspirations for it to be commissioned as a permanent sculpture. "This one will burn one day for my own sheer amusement. From the moment I made it, I intended to burn it," says Cullen. "Im going to take it somewhere in the outback where theres no fire hazard around, set fire to it and film the whole thing." Cullens personal burning man (rat) festival, perhaps? "That is exactly whats going to happen. Me, some frien

ds

, some swags and thats it!" *The SWELL Sculpture Festival returns to Currumbin Beach from September 13 to 22. This feature has been produced in collaboration with City of Gold Coast Australian Associated Press