Stirling sculptor grabs People’s Choice Prize at Bondi’s Sculpture by the Sea


Stirling sculptor April Pine with her people’s choice award for her work at Bondi’s Sculpture by the Sea exhibition.
Stirling sculptor April Pine with her people’s choice award for her work at Bondi’s Sculpture by the Sea exhibition.

STIRLING sculptor April Pine’s work has been a hit with visitors to Bondi’s Sculpture by the Sea exhibition.

The 29-year-old was a recipient in the People’s Choice Prize at the renowned annual exhibition, sharing the award with Sydney artist Marina Debris.

Her sculpture Trip I, Trip II, Trip III depicts three figures meandering their way across the rocks on their journey towards the surf.

“I like my work to be specific to the site,” she said.

“My work is a play between solidness and transparency… you see the site and work at the same time.”

Pine has made sculptures in her spare time while working fulltime as an architect for the past five years but now concentrates fully on her creative passion.

Her entry in the Bondi exhibition follows her participation in Sculpture by the Sea at Cottesloe earlier this year.

She was thrilled to win the award and said the Sydney event had garnered attention from international buyers.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better show,” she said.

“It’s amazing to receive it and the exposure when half a million people visited the show.”

Despite taking a “slow burn” approach to her sculpting career, Pine hopes the exposure will allow her to continue working fulltime and produce more figurative work.

She is currently working on a sculpture for a Sorrento school.

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