Bookworm’s Sculpture

Juliet Lea with some of the books she has collected
Juliet Lea with some of the books she has collected

MORE than 700 books are stacked in Juliet Lea’s O’Connor workshop, but she is not Fremantle’s biggest bookworm, nor an out-of-control hoarder.

An artist, Lea is using the books to create a piece for this year’s Sculpture by the Sea titled Book Cave, an endeavour so big, she has to create her piece on the beach just before the exhibition opens instead of in her workshop.

Always interested in exploring new creative ideas and making things, Lea said the idea for the piece was born from her love of reading on the beach.

“I have been collecting discards from libraries around Perth like Kwinana public library, Duncraig library, Spearwood library, Grove library, Cottesloe, Dumas House, University of Notre Dame, and Collie libraries,” she said.

“This is the best exhibition around and sculpture is the most immediate and accessible of art forms.

“We all relate to objects and the beach is for everyone, and so is Sculpture by the Sea.

“It’s a great opportunity for any artist and I am honoured to be a part of it.”

Sculpture by the Sea is at Cottesloe Beach from March 4 to 20.

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Other Local Artists Involved

-Olga Cironis (East Fremantle)

-Tony Jones (East Fremantle)

-Sally Stoneman (East Fremantle)

-Perdita Phillips (Fremantle)

-Tim McFarlane Reid (Hilton)