Hugo’s fish picked for bike rack

Student Hugo Clegg (12) with art teacher Stephanie Matthews and George Klug from Mosman Park Men's Shed at the fish bike rack.
Student Hugo Clegg (12) with art teacher Stephanie Matthews and George Klug from Mosman Park Men's Shed at the fish bike rack.

The steel sculpture unveiled this week has been almost two years in the making since the school received a $5000 grant from the Town of Cottesloe for its construction in 2012.

Art teacher Stephanie Matthews said the school held a competition among its Year 5 students to design a safe, outdoor sculpture bike rack with the judging panel choosing Hugo’s 5m-long fish skeleton for its ocean flavour.

‘We looked at other cities that had really interesting bike racks,’ Ms Matthews said.

‘They had to think about all the specs, they had to do all the measurements, they had to investigate all the bike racks and look at distances between the spokes coming out and then they had to do a blueprint with all the measurements.’

Award-winning sculpture artist John Hutchinson then drew up official blueprints for Mosman Park Men’s Shed member George Klug, who crafted it out of recycled steel from the Mosman Park Bowling Club’s old sunshades.

Hugo, now in Year 7 at Scotch College, said he was very happy with the bike rack and called the artwork ‘the one that got away’.

The school will open the bike rack to public use as part of Car Free Friday on March 28.