Art & Engineering

Posted: February 21, 2020 / News

Partridge Event takes a collaborative approach with clients, designers, artists and engineers alike to achieve innovative and creative results. And, for over 11 years now, Partridge Event has been pleased to help sponsor and work closely with, Sculpture by the Sea in both Bondi, and Cottesloe, having a passion for art and sculpture.

Partridge sponsors a number of emerging artists each year as well as providing other exhibiting artists with engineering advice and certification, following review and analysis using their design criteria. This includes assistance on aspects such as wind loads, structural integrity, overall stability and excessive deflection such as swaying. Footing options to prevent overturning of the sculptures, are designed or reviewed, including providing any recommendations to mitigate potential failures, or any unsafe public interaction.

Left to right: Capto Collaborative, ‘Shell Resonance’, Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2020. Artist’s Impression.  ‘Shell Resonance’ Engineering Image courtesy of Partridge Engineering.

Architecture and civil engineering graduate, Lawrence Liang (NSW), is one of the artists sponsored by Partridge as part of the Sculpture by the Sea Emerging Artist Program.

Shaumyika Sharma, ‘Shell Resonance’, Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2020. Artist’s Impression.

A member of the Capto Collaborative, their sculpture ‘Shell Resonance’, comprises of two visual elements representing a conch shell held by a hand. These two components are made of two separate fibreglass bodies bolted together and attached to a steel base plate for transportation as a whole.

Popular folk myth has it that if you hold a shell to your ear – specifically, a conch shell – you can hear the sounds of the ocean. In ‘Shell Resonance’, this folk myth is brought to life with the illustrious presentation of brightly coloured conch shells lying in the palms of larger-than-life human arms. However, the ocean is not as it once was. Now filled with plastic, ‘Shell Resonance’ subverts the audience’s expectations and encourages viewers to reflect on what the ocean truly sounds like – plastic.

A follow up to ‘The Big Wave’ at Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2019 by artist and architect, Shaumyika Sharma (Singapore/WA), ‘Hemispheric’ is all about that moment just before the sun dips below the horizon. Consisting of four pieces of reinforced concrete in natural white, natural grey and white, natural grey, and pigmented black, with each piece weighing approximately 1000 kilograms, ‘Hemispheric’ takes its inspiration from sunset, the moment we lose natural light, the material the artist considers most important as an architect and sculptor.

With thanks to Partridge for their support of the artists in Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe 2020!

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