Inspired by summer heat

Michael Grau with his Sculpture by the Sea work Liquorice Allsorts.
Michael Grau with his Sculpture by the Sea work Liquorice Allsorts.

Mr Grau will display Liquorice Allsorts, made from steel and enamel, at the ninth annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition at Cottesloe beach from March 8 to 25.

Mr Grau brought his three-subject masterpiece to life in a motor mechanic’s shop where vintage cars are built and restored but it was outside in the hot summer sun that gave him the inspiration to develop his sculpture.

‘Look outside on a hot summer day in Perth, that’s my inspiration: the way the light seers and burns, how the shadows are black, the light silver and white,’ he said.

‘It’s about the spaces between the liquorice allsorts.

‘It’s about the light and the squeak of sand between toes.

‘It’s about people visiting the site, looking down the grassy hill to three liquorice allsorts, the inviting water just beyond and people moving among the allsorts.’

Another local sculptor taking part in the exhibition is Jennifer Cochrane, of Maylands, whose piece represents a city.

‘This work is part of an ongoing series of works that explore the idea of creating sculptural forms through the repetition and placement of an element, in this case a cube,’ she said.

Mr Grau and Ms Cochrane will be among more than 70 local, interstate and international artists showcasing their sculptures at the free exhibition.