Yesterday we drove down to Currumbin to view the “Swell” Sculpture festival, which showcases sculpture in an outdoor setting, on, or surrounding Currumbin Beach. The weather was perfect and the sculpture was truly amazing. Everyone in the Gold Coast/ Brisbane area should make an effort to go along. I’ve taken masses of pics, and here are some of my highlights (mostly everything!). All of them were beautiful in diverse ways, and some celebrated beach life, but many spoke about our relationship with the environment and this country. We personally loved “Stillness in time” (the pink discs) and “Save our seabed” (the colourful recycled plastics powered with a solar panel). It all finishes on Sunday.
Creating a new board on Pinterest helped remind me of a pair favourite art objects. Many years ago I had a great interest in the ancient goddess culture of old Europe, and recently finding images of some of these objects found in archaeological digs, I came across a pair of small terracotta sculptures of a woman and a man, known as the Cernavoda woman and man. They were grave objects, about 4.5 inches in height, and found near the Danube, Romania, in an area known as Hamangia, and date around 4000-3500 BC. These figures aren’t typical objects of the time in that they aren’t stylised in the same way, or decorated. In fact they appear very contemporary and sophisticated in style. Scholars can only guess as to their meaning but the person who made them was possibly the neolithic equivalent of Picasso or Rembrandt!…the little figures are beautiful and contemplative and very striking in form. The male figure is sometimes called “The thinker” of the Neolithic. So here they are, modernist 20th century pieces in style, yet ancient artworks of the month.