Unveiling of the 2021 Bermagui Business Award winner – Crevice

By May 9, 2021News

‘Crevice’ by Robert Barnstone

2021 Bermagui Business Award winner

A small gathering of dedicated art lovers witnessed the unveiling of the latest acquisition of a sculpture for Bermagui. About $6,000 was donated by 51 local businesses to add to the village’s collection of public art. Those present included the artist, the happy new host, most of the SCULPTURE Bermagui Management team and representatives of the volunteer Art Guides group which were privileged to make the selection.

SCULPTURE Bermagui extends our sincere thanks to all the contributing businesses and the wonderful community of volunteers for they do to make this happen.

As we toasted the now fully visible steel sculpture, Robert said: “It is an honour to have won this award. Your team has certainly got it together and I really appreciate the whole event”.

The American born artist, Robert Barnstone, is a professor of architect and sculptor now residing in Australia and it is his first time exhibiting at SCULPTURE Bermagui. This work is titled ‘Crevice – from the Firetree series’. He was awarded the Bermagui Business Award of $6,000 donated by the local business community to acquire another work for permanent public display in Bermagui. It has been installed in the community space in front of Eastwood’s Deli and Cooking School on Bunga St which will be hosting it till further notice on behalf of SCULPTURE Bermagui. The artist’s statement about the work follows:
“The tragic fires we have just experienced where 1 of 5 trees were lost in NSW in a matter of months. This has left an imprint of devastation, of the scalded earth, of devastation here in Australia. These pieces are a reflection of the memory of this battlefield with earth and our continuing war with nature.”
SCULPTURE Bermagui President, Paul Payten, thanked Robert for exhibiting here for the first time and referred to the other acquired sculptures dotted around Bermagui and how this growing collection is marking our village as the sculpture centre of the south coast region. To attract an artist of Robert’s experience and calibre is very heartening for the many volunteers who put so much into delivering this annual exhibition and it augurs well for future years. We trust Robert will be back some time.
The wraps come off…
  Robert and his work with Art Guide, Gay, looking on.
Pleased Winner, Happy Host, Kelly, and thrilled President
Celebrations all round
Images by Ivan and Sharyn Baker