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  • Writer's pictureThe Beagle

The artist behind the sculpture to pay tribute to the original Batemans Bay bridge

Artist Joel Adler was selected to design a sculpture to pay tribute to the original Batemans Bay bridge. Hear how he came up with the design!

| Joel Adler is an emerging artist focussing on sight-specific and dynamic large scale works. After graduating Industrial Design at UNSW (Hons I) in 2017, Adler was commissioned to design his first outdoor sculpture for Mount Sinai College in 2018. He was awarded the Watermark Prize in 2015 for his work in speculative design and multiple awards at Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2019 for his work Viewfinder. He currently works as an industrial designer in Sydney.| Swell Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2019 by Joel Adler

Viewfinder is a periscopic sculpture reflecting a view of the crashing waves below the cliff on which it is placed. Installed for Sculpture by the Sea Bondi 2019, the work was awarded the Allens People's Choice prize, the Kids' Choice prize and the Artists' Pick award. Viewfinder urges viewers to form a stronger connection with their natural surroundings, acting as an interface between people and site.

The sculpture was installed in two parts. The base was installed first with 3.3 tonnes of concrete ballast followed by the top frame and mirror assembly. The total weight of the sculpture is 5.3 tonnes.


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