Zip ties provide the bond for Sculpture by the Sea duo

Artists L to R - Rima Zabaneh (Ardoss) & Berenice Rarig (Canningvale) Picture: Jon Hewson   d478432
Artists L to R - Rima Zabaneh (Ardoss) & Berenice Rarig (Canningvale) Picture: Jon Hewson d478432

FIFTY thousand zip ties have been used by two artists to create a lacy model that will grace Cottesloe’s sands for Sculpture By the Sea.

Canning Vale’s Berenice Rarig and Ardross resident Rima Zabaneh teamed up to create their sculpture, referencing creatures from the ocean including corals, sponges and sea urchins.

The main body of the work stands 3m tall and the arms span a further 3m to 4m. The arms will be suspended so they touch the main body.

Rarig said the pair blended their strengths to create the collaboration.

“Rima is a purist, using one material and focusing on industrial materials,” she said.

They experimented with the zip ties and came up with a pattern they liked to create a lacy structure.

“We want people to see what they want to see in the sculpture,” Zabaneh said.

The women describe themselves as “makers’, both focussing on sculpture and installation and Rarig also adds a performance element.

It is Zabaneh’s debut at the 2018 Sculpture By the Sea and Rarig’s second entry after providing an artwork for the 2011 exhibition.

“Ziptide” will be at Cottesloe beach from March 2 when the exhibition opens.

Sculpture by the Sea includes works by 78 artists from 16 countries including Australia.

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