Gingin artist Geoff Overheu flying high over Sculpture by the Sea submission


Studio artist Geoff Overheu with his disfigured glider which he will be exhibiting at the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition next month.  Picture: Martin Kennealey  d479206
Studio artist Geoff Overheu with his disfigured glider which he will be exhibiting at the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition next month. Picture: Martin Kennealey d479206

GINGIN resident Geoff Overheu is tying his two passions of flying and art together for his submission to Sculpture by the Sea in Cottesloe next month.

The glider pilot and artist last week completed Final Approach, which he made from an iconic glider in collaboration with Beverley Soaring Society members.

The disfigured glider will hang 2.4m off the ground and is about 9m x 8m in size – Overheu’s biggest sculpture yet that took him about seven months to finish.

The former Wheatbelt farmer and studio artist, who has been a Beverley Soaring Society member since 2011, used a former L13 Blanik for the piece that was last flown in 2010.

Studio artist Geoff Overheu with his disfigured glider which he will be exhibiting at the Sculpture by the Sea exhibition next month. Picture: Martin Kennealey d479206

Blanik was the most produced glider in history and dominated the sport for decades as the pinnacle of innovation and engineering from the ’50s to the ’70s.

Overheu said inspiration for the piece came from the idea around modernism and the symbolism that planes played around within that concept.

“We had access to an iconic glider and it fitted in with the idea I have that there’s an end to modernism,” he said.

“And because the imagery of planes and cars are kind of symbolic of modernism it fits well in how we’ve put Final Approach together.”

The glider was superseded and made obsolete by progress, fitting well with Overheu’s vision that the transfigured glider was a symbol of the end to modernism because it became a victim of its own success.

The 14th Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Cottesloe is on from March 2 to 19.

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