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Swanbourne Sculpture for all Seasons

Award winning WA sculptor, Max Ball, has recently unveiled a stunning metal masterpiece.

His artistic design is currently gracing a vacant block earmarked for an environmentally and community sensitive residential village in Swanbourne.

Swanbourne Village Trust

Leading Perth architect, Garry Baverstock AM, approached Max, also an architect, in late 2015 to commission him to come up with an innovative and inspirational public artwork. The final work would reflect the spirit that lies at the heart of the new Swanbourne Village that is in the final planning process.

The Swanbourne Sculpture Design

Max’s design concepts immediately turned towards nature and natural forms. Polished stainless steel together with metal parts that will rust with time, provided a rich, tactile texture representing lemon tree leaves. This reflected the Mediterranean aesthetic that was Garry’s creative design concept for the village.

Max described his new work as having “Fluid curving lines with thin stemlike members and leaf forms. I wanted to achieve a visual sense of growth and a striving for height whilst maintaining a connection to the ground. I have used a rust staining steel for the lower leaves to visually anchor the piece to the ground and stainless steel for those reaching to the sky. A vine like support framework holds the leaves in place whilst allowing subtle wind movement with variations of colour and light reflection.”

The public can see and enjoy Max’s striking work of art on the corner of Congdon and Railway Streets, Swanbourne.

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Photo Credits; Nick Melidonis, www.nickmelidonis.com