Artist fans food for thought in sculpture

Artist Ray Surman with his piece for Sculpture by the Sea.
Artist Ray Surman with his piece for Sculpture by the Sea.

Ray Surman’s latest piece of art will adorn Cottesloe Beach as part of the 11th annual Sculpture by the Sea exhibition, which will run from March 6 to 23.

After several applications, Mr Surman said it was a great honour to finally be accepted, describing the call to notify him as ‘one of the greatest moments in my art life’.

His piece, Food for Thought, was developed in response to CSIRO research and development into a self-sustaining food source for farmed marine crustaceans and fish.

‘I was working on a previous project collecting recycled hanging basket frames and eventually noticed many verge collections contained white pedestal fans,’ he said.

‘I collected a few to extend my project but discovered they could be used as an eco-skeleton instead of being hidden away as an endoskeleton, as in my previous project.’

Mr Surman said he had many people who helped collect materials and ensure the work was ready for the show.