Icy sculpture a red hot favourite

Jack Rooney with his award-winning sculpture and artist Fiona Gavino.
Jack Rooney with his award-winning sculpture and artist Fiona Gavino.

The Year 1 student’s sculpture Nature of Ice was picked as the best in his year group by judge and Sculptures by the Sea artist Fiona Gavino, at the school’s annual competition.

Jack’s sculpture of shells and flowers encased in blocks of ice proved a hit with students and parents, who were all eager to take the icy plunge to interact with his melting masterpiece.

‘I was looking on the computer and I saw an ice wall, I sort of wanted to do something like that so we made it,’ Jack said. ‘My favourite thing is one of the shells that turned the ice pink ” I don’t know how it did that.’

Gavino said it was difficult to judge such a high standard of sculptures and many students showed great potential, especially the Year 5s.

‘It’s great to see such fresh, creative ideas and the kids just using what’s around them in their environment to be creative. Because they don’t have pre-existing ideas about what art is about, kids are natural artists,’ she said.

‘I think it is great how the school connects to the outside community with Sculptures by the Sea to feed back into the kids’ world so they get an idea about the greater world that’s available to them.’