Congratulations to John Petrie (NSW), this year’s recipient of the Aqualand Sculpture Award. The acquisitive award of $100,000, is the most generous sculpture award in the Southern Hemisphere and one of the most sought-after in the world. ‘23.5°’ will be gifted by Aqualand for permanent public placement in NSW. ‘23.5°’ is a 2.6m high work made from basalt and inspired by the Earth’s axis. The sculpture brings together the rugged boulder terrain of The Great Dividing Range and the refined aesthetic Petrie was exposed to when living in Japan.
The Aqualand Sculpture Award was selected by this year’s judging panel consisting of:
Previous recipients David Ball’s Orb and Johannes Pannekoek’s Change Ahead are located in the Harbour Trust collection at Headland Park in Georges Heights, part of the Sydney Harbour Sculpture Collection.
We are also pleased to announce last year’s recipient of the award, Tony Davis’ ‘Folly Interstice’, will be gifted by Aqualand to the Snowy Valleys Sculpture Trail.