Meteorite to land at beach


Jina Lee with her Sculpture by the Sea entry Meteorite.       Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au   d449349
Jina Lee with her Sculpture by the Sea entry Meteorite.       Picture: David Baylis www.communitypix.com.au d449349

Originally from South Korea, Lee now lives in Doubleview and works from her Fremantle studio.

This is her third entry into Sculpture by the Sea and Lee said Perth had many opportunities for emerging artists to showcase their work.

She said Meteorite, made from marble, was symbolic of people who came from various backgrounds.

“We all come from different backgrounds and have different stories, but we live together in unity to help each other to live our lives,” she said.

“A black meteorite that had just landed on the earth – this is how I felt when I first came to Australia.”

Stone carving was extremely physical work, said Lee, who began working with the material in 2003.

“It is very important to know about the character of the stone and to communicate with it,” she said.

“The other reason that I like stone is that it is a permanent natural material.

“It is a delightful feeling when I think of how many more years my stone sculpture will remain on this earth.”

Lee said Meteorite took three months to carve and she was excited to see how the public would interact with the piece.

“I encourage people to touch and feel the sculpture with their hands,” she said.

“I enjoy watching people interact with my work, especially kids.

“Each work has a unique name and meaning; however I hope people can find their own meaning and connection with my work.”

Sculpture by the Sea opens at Cottesloe beach on March 4.