Life and death set in stone

Posted on March 1, 2010 in news

Mosman Daily – March 20 2010,  by Kate Crawford

A STONEMASON, who dedicated his sculpture to his 19-year-old brother who died suddenly, was one of the winners of the Mosman Festival of Sculpture.

Karl Van Middeldyk, 33, had never had a sculpture exhibited publicly before but that didn’t stop the judge describing his stone work as “a beautifully balanced and resolved work.

The sculpture won second prize in the festival. First prize went to established sculptor Blaze Krstanoski-Blazeski for his bronze sculpture described as “powerful and dynamic. Krstanoski-Blazeski, from Botany, has had his work chosen five times for Sculpture by the Sea.

Judge and visual arts co-ordinator Alison Clark announced the winners at the festival open day at Mosman High on Saturday. Van Middeldyk said he was hoping to raise awareness for sudden death in adults.

In 2006 his brother Heath, who was the youngest of five children, died from what is believed to have been a genetic disorder causing sudden cardiac arrest. “It devastated my family big time, Van Middeldyk said.

“Heath was just starting an apprenticeship, just starting his life.

Van Middeldyk said the chains and keyless padlock in his stone sculpture symbolised the challenge for researchers to unlock the causes of sudden death. The sculpture Unlocking the Links is at Harvey World Travel in Mosman and is for sale for $7000 with proceeds to go to research.


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