A STRIKING “Sun Totem” and a camel made from twisted steel overlooking the sparkling beach were good omens for a bright and hot weekend in Bermagui for Sculpture on the Edge.
A breeze caressed Bermagui’s Endeavour Point Headland throughout Saturday, but nothing like last year’s damaging wild winds and incessant rain.
“The weather was definitely on our side this year,” event manager Jan Ireland said yesterday. “Everything has gone very well and the sales are looking quite good.”
Sculpture on the Edge included a series of 40 large works leading from Horseshoe Bay Beach to the headland and back, while around 50 small sculptures caught the attention of visitors to the Bermagui Community Hall.
“This year I think people went to see the small sculptures more than they have in the past,” Ms Ireland said. “There was a very good attendance at the small sculpture exhibition and I heard many people saying they were keen to see the Cambodian Moon Festival display around at the Bermagui Country Club. There were some lovely small sculptures this year, I was very happy with how it all went.”
Ms Ireland said Bob Georgeson’s contemporary video montage exhibition at the Fisherman’s Wharf also went really well. “He had lots of visitors – some said they were rather shocked, but mostly they were saying ‘what a fantastic exhibition’.”
Back on the headland, Hannah Quinlivan scored a Sculpture on the Edge award trifecta with her piece Enfolding.
She was last week named the recipient of the Phillip Cox Acquisitve Prize, meaning Enfolding will soon grace Mr Cox’s local property Thubbul, as well as the Don Moffatt and Cecilia Ng Encouragement Award.
Ms Ireland said she was elated to announce Ms Quinlivan also scored the People’s Choice Award, voted on by visitors to the event over the course of the past 10 days. “It’s an exceptional result, we’ve never had that happen before,” Ms Ireland said.
Ms Quinlivan was unfortunately not present to collect her prizes as she is currently working at a remote Indigenous community, but Ms Ireland hoped she was able to make it back in time to see the installation.
Popular local artist Peter “Beatle” Collins, who won the people’s choice award for small sculptures, “spoke of Hannah in glowing terms”, Ms Ireland said.
A fire festival to close the 10-day long celebration of sculpture went off ‘spectacularly’ on Sunday night. “It was absolutely beautiful – there was a lovely atmosphere,” Ms Ireland said.
“Plenty of children were there with their parents to see their small creations they had made during the recent workshops go up in flames. There was also a bit of lightning show in the background – it really was quite spectacular.”
“The community picnic was a bit staid last year, but this time with the children’s input it was a wonderful night,” she said. “There were warm fuzzies all round.”
With the Sculpture on the Edge event coming to a close for another year, organisers still have a busy couple of days ahead of them, carefully packing up the pieces for either their happy buyers or creators.
Sculpture on the Edge event manager Jan Ireland looks over Hannah Quinliven’s piece ‘Enfolding’