Sculptor Jesse Graham is “over the moon” about the love received by his many-tentacled creation – and is excited to see what this year’s sculpture event will offer.
Mr Graham’s octopus sculpture, titled ‘Buoyansea’, was permanently installed on the Batemans Bay foreshore after last year’s ‘Sculpture on Clyde’ event.
“The now-permanent position of my work is second to none,” Mr Graham said.
“Situated on Beach Rd, I am told ‘he is never alone’, and is enjoyed by the public every day of the week.
“Of all my public artworks, this one gets the most attention. I’m over the moon about it.”
Although the sculptures will be hosted out at Willinga Park this year, Mr Graham said it was a step forward for the event.
“The event now brings the public’s prosperity and attention to two beautiful areas instead of one,” he said.
“Showcasing art alongside some of Terry’s (Snow, Willinga Park owner) personal extensive collection is another advantage for both the public and artists.
“Exhibitions and competitions of this calibre are rare, and it’s an exciting opportunity to be a part of it.”
Mr Graham will be entering several new works in this year’s event, and said the quality of first prize made it well worth working for.
“I am entering multiple indoor and outdoor works for the competition this year,” he said.
“The major prize has increased to a whopping $50,000, making it one of the largest prizes in sculpture competitions in Australia.
“The winning work will be permanently installed as part of a sculpture walk along the Clyde River in Batemans Bay.
“The competition is also supported by the ANU (Australian National University), who offer a residency as one of the prizes.”
Some of Mr Graham’s entries this year were created during his residency at ANU.
He hinted that he would be sticking with an animal theme – but anyone wanting to know more would have to head to the event.