Through a valuable and ongoing partnership with Sculpture by the Sea, Frankston City has recently installed five sculptures. Frankston is a southern bayside suburb of Melbourne on the eastern shore of Port Phillip and enjoys views looking towards Melbourne City.
These five new works are the latest to be added to a growing outdoor public art collection established to connect Frankston to the world:
Ayad Alqaragholli, ‘Marsh Boat’, Frankston City
Location: Intersection of Cranbourne and Baxter Roads, Frankston
Inspired by the connection between Mesopotamia and Australia, the artwork depicts two people swimming and diving in the blue sky, while the boat is full of immigrants.
Norton Flavel, ‘Figurative Abstraction’, Frankston City
Location: Pines Forest Aquatic Centre, Forest Drive, Frankston North.
Central to this artwork is the belief that there are two major categories of art – figurative (realistic representations of physical objects) and abstract (with no definite link to an object outside the artwork), and these two categories are almost always kept separate. Figurative Abstraction combines two prominent components of each category, the human form (figurative) and geometric forms (abstraction) to demonstrate that the abstract is intimately dependant on the figurative and vice versa, and they do not exist separately.
Tetsuro Yamasaki, ‘Metamorphosis – Two Spirals’, Frankston City
Location: Frankston Library Forecourt, Playne Street, Frankston.
Ordinary steel rusts and crumbles, but this sculpture uses a special type of steel which contains a large amount of copper and chromium, making it weather resistant for decades to come.’
RM Ron Gomboc, ‘As One’, Frankston City
Location: Intersection of the Seaford and Brunel Roads, Frankston
‘As One’ ‘symbolises the embrace of two, (as in two uprights) and more so today than ever, the importance of balance and harmony in togetherness.’ Whether it is a couple, man and woman, two women, two men; or a mother and daughter or father and son embracing, Gomboc believes the beauty of togetherness is everywhere, just not everyone can see it.
Hikaru Yumura, ‘Vertical Wave’, Frankston City
Location: Entrance of Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre, 16N Cranbourne Rd, Frankston
Vertical Wave is a natural rock which has been broken in two revealing both broken and processed surfaces. Based on the shape of a wave, Yumura says, ‘The surface of the swell reminds me of a heartbeat.’ Yumura’s work is borne from his closeness and connection with nature and natural stone and the notion of organic and inorganic, nature and art.
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