AYAD Alqaragholli spent six months carefully sculpting 4m high bronze and steel Loyalty, representing the love between people and their dogs.
The 300kg effort depicts a male figure with two dogs, fabricated in Malaga, and will be entered into Sculpture by the Sea at Cottesloe Beach.
The South Perth resident arrived from Iraq via Jordan in 2005 and Loyalty represents his seventh year in the event.
Alqaragholli said the sculpture represents the loyalty and love between man and dog.
“I was inspired by people on the street and at the park with their dogs and how much their dog is loyal,” he said.
“All the dogs here are really friendly with humans, sometimes they even play with strangers.”
Alqaragholli said Sculpture by the Sea was very important for local artists, as they got to meet artists from countries including Japan, US, UK, New Zealand, Italy and China.
“Sculpture by the Sea is a great opportunity to make connections between Australian artists and international artists,” he said.
“We exchange the ideas and culture.”
Alqaragholli, who studied at university in Baghdad and Curtin University, has exhibited all over the world, including at China’s Qingdao International Lan Bay Art Park and North Korea’s Changbai Mountain International Symposium.