1st Prize Winner
Port Stephens Examiner – 12 May 2010, by Jessica Brown
Garden Sculptures Released
IMAGES of a small forest and an enormous banksia have taken out first prize in the Hunter Region Botanic Gardens sculpture competition. Karl Van Middeldyk from Sydney won the outdoor sculpture section with his work titled Life After a Fire. The sculpture weighs 1.2 tonnes and depicts a banksia flower coming to life after being ravaged by fire.
Garden chairman Jan Noble said the sculpture was made from sandstone rescued from a demolition site and had prominent convict markings around its base. Darrell Tickner from Newcastle won the indoor competition with his Forest sculpture.
Both winners took home $1000 in prize money and all 42 entries in the competition will be on display in the gardens till June 20. “We were very pleased with the competition and hope to run it again next year if the council continues its support,” she said.
Trevor Lewin’s Tongue Tied sculpture of a frog carved from native timber received a highly commended award along with Angela Callaghan’s carved sculpture.
BY JESSICA BROWN – Port Stephens Examiner