The Tesselaar Tulip Festival opened yesterday, 15th September, and includes the Tesselaar Sculpture Prize, with works by 25 finalists. I was surprised during the week to receive a call from Mark Cowie, the exhibition curator, telling me I had won the $20,000 Tesselaar Sculpture Prize! This is an acquisitive prize, so "Synergy" will become part of the sculpture collection at the Tesselaar Flower Farm.
Here are the comments by the judge, Michael Meszaros OAM:
"John’s work has an apparent simplicity which disguises a subtlety of form and meaning. The title gives a clue to this subtlety. As I walked around it the forms played with each other as the viewing angle changed. These forms are elegant and feminine with a gradual development of complexity as they move upwards. They have a calculated dislocation which uses the light as it plays across the surface and as the day progresses. The work retains the suggestion of its original block of stone, utilising it while transforming it to another level of meaning. The work is fully three dimensional, encouraging one to walk around it and to notice the shifting counterpoint of the carefully composed forms. Finally, it is beautifully crafted, utilising the potential of the material, its texture and its colour".
The tulip Festival is on until 14th October - more info at tulipfestival.com.au/ or tesselaar_tulip_festival on Instagram.
Here are some photos, taken the day of installation (The tulips weren't out yet).