Deputy Premier Troy Grant announced Jörg Plickat from Germany as the recipient of the $60,000 Macquarie Group Sculpture Prize for his sculpture divided planet at the launch of the 19th annual Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi on the opening day of the exhibition.
The $60,000 acquisitive award is the most generous annual sculpture prize in Australia and provides a considerable boost to the artist’s career. The award-winning sculpture will be installed at Headland Park, Georges Heights Mosman, joining Stephen King’s fallout (2013) and Peter Lundberg’s ring (2014), that were previously gifted by Macquarie Group for permanent public placement.
Mr Grant said, “The NSW Government is proud to support Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi. This event embodies excellence in the arts while incorporating scenery quintessential to Sydney, in one of the greatest displays of public art in Australia.
“Jörg is an outstanding winner and it goes to show persistence pays off, on this his third Sculpture by the Sea appearance.”
Plickat was chosen by this year’s judging panel:
- Geoffrey Edwards Director, Geelong Gallery and former Senior Curator Sculpture & Glass, National Gallery of Victoria;
- Sasha Grishin AM, FAHA Emeritus Professor, Australian National University Canberra, Art Historian, Art Critic, Curator; and
- Clara Hali Sculptor & Lecturer in Sculpture, National Art School, Sydney
Jörg Plickat was at Bondi to receive the award for his large scale geometric work fabricated from corten steel and installed on the ridge at Marks Park. Working since 1980, he is a leading international sculptor who works predominantly with natural stone, bronze and corten steel. To date, Plickat has participated in more than 350 exhibitions worldwide and created and installed more than 85 public sculptures across four continents.
His awarded work, divided planet is a statement of lament at the wasted energy of political leaders who fail to overcome their differences, rather than uniting to address urgent human and environmental catastrophes such as poverty and global warming.
Macquarie Group Deputy Managing Director, Greg Ward, said: “On behalf of Macquarie Group, I’d like to congratulate Jörg. Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi has become a true institution in Sydney’s arts and community calendar and we are proud to support this iconic event which makes the visual arts accessible to all.”
“Congratulations to Jörg on a magnificent piece,” said Founding Director of Sculpture by the Sea, David Handley, “Each time Jörg has exhibited at Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi his works have stood out. It is wonderful to see a German artist receive the major award for the first time. Thank you Macquarie Group for sponsoring this acquisitive prize and gifting it to the people of Sydney.”