Sculpture designed to make you think

Sculptor Carmel Warner with part of her work Location, Location, Location. Picture: Marcus Whisson d403917
Sculptor Carmel Warner with part of her work Location, Location, Location. Picture: Marcus Whisson d403917

The event returns this year with the exciting new initiative, Sculptures in the Quad.

Emerging Wembley Downs sculptor Carmel Warner will display her work Location, Location, Location, which consists of 15 individual pieces.

‘The houses are laminated in the aluminium signage that I’ve cut, giving snippets of information and glimpses into other people’s lives,’ she said.

‘It talks about our want or need to have prime beach location real-estate and that’s where we build the biggest and the best that sit the highest to try and maximise views with little regard to our environment in doing so.

‘When it’s set up it almost looks like a small estate.’

She said her work had taken hours to build but the effort had paid off.

‘Everyone can relate to the overall body of work and a lot of people are amused that it’s real-estate signage, which is cladding these houses ” it works quite effectively,’ she said.

‘I tried to choose sections of wording on the real-estate signage ” the lingo they use to try and suck you in to buy ” and they can use some quirky seductive words and you look at it and go ‘really?”

She said it would give the students a glimpse of what |could be done using materials they walk past every day without a second thought.

‘I’m a great scavenger on verge pick-ups,’ she said.

‘By using recycled materials, you’re telling a new story with a piece of material that’s already had an existing life. It makes people rethink.’

Curator Sandra Murray has invited a select group to display in this inaugural year.

‘I have deliberately selected a mix of artists from Mrs Warner, who has just won second prize in the Castaways Sculpture Award, to Odd Anderson whose fun interactive work was a highlight of the recent Sculpture at Bathers exhibition,’ she said.

– A cocktail preview will take
place on Friday August 2.
Tickets are $40 and are available
online at
– The art and jewellery exhibition
continues August 3-4
from 10am to 5pm (gold coin
donation). Funds raised support
the Arts and artistic programs
at Hale School.