The joint winners of the 2014 OZ Minerals Copper Sculpture Award are husband and wife Warren Pickering and Anna Small. This is the fourth year OZ Minerals has offered this award as part of the South Australian Living Arts (SALA) Festival.
OZ Minerals Managing Director and CEO Terry Burgess commented: “We are continually impressed every year by the proposals we receive ranging from large scale sculptures to smaller intricate designs. OZ Minerals is proud to support talented South Australian artists who work with copper, a metal we are passionate about.”
The judges were attracted to Warren and Anna's complementary copper sculpture designs that are inspired by nature. Warren's dazzling blue copper sculpture design is reminiscent of a rolling wave in the ocean. Anna's intricate copper sculpture is reminiscent of a native Australian flower. The large copper sculptures will be oxidised to produce a blue/green patina and will be elevated on a jarrah plinth.
Warren and Anna work closely together and create their unique sculptural artwork combining laser cutting technology and traditional hand forming techniques to craft intricate designs using metal as their medium.
Warren and Anna will have until the start of the 2014 SALA Festival in which to complete their artwork.
Warren's artistic background is in drawing and he has studied building design and architecture. Through his artistic talents and background in structural design Warren is able to bring his drawings to life in a three dimensional format through metal sculpture.
Anna is a graduate of the North Adelaide School of Art and likes the contradiction of using strong, robust metal to create delicate design. Warren and Anna's previous works have been exhibited across South Australia and interstate.
Nicholas Uhlmann, winner of last year's OZ Minerals Copper Sculpture Award, will exhibit his large scale copper sculpture, ‘Dream Voyager', inside the main terminal of Adelaide Airport from mid July as part of the 2013 SALA Festival.
About the OZ Minerals Copper Sculpture Award
The OZ Minerals Copper Sculpture Award provides an opportunity for South Australian-based artists to work with copper to create an original artwork. The recipient of the OZ Minerals Copper Sculpture Award will have twelve months to create their artwork which will be exhibited as part of the South Australian Living Arts (SALA) Festival.
The Copper Sculpture Award is similar to a commission. South Australian artists are given the opportunity to submit a proposal of their idea and apply for financial assistance for copper and production costs. Artists are then able to sell their works after the SALA Festival.
Previous winners include Chris Ormerod with “This Vital Arc”, Rachel and Mark Young with “After the Rain”, Victor Harbor High School with their copper school signage and print artist Mei Sheong Wong.
Photos and descriptions of previous OZ Minerals copper sculpture award winners can be found on OZ Minerals' website at http://www.ozminerals.com/news/copper-sculpture-award.html
About OZ Minerals
OZ Minerals is a modern mining company that owns and operates the Prominent Hill copper-gold mine and Carrapateena advanced exploration project both located in South Australia.
OZ Minerals has a strong record of supporting local communities through a range of sponsorship initiatives as well as preferential employment of local people. Approximately 80 percent of Prominent Hill's workforce lives in South Australia.
OZ Minerals is proud to be an award partner of the SALA Festival.
The 2013 SALA Festival will run across South Australia from 2 - 25 August 2013.
Anna Small and Warren Pickering, joint winners of
the 2014 OZ Minerals Copper Sculpture Award, pictured
with Nancy Bellistri, Communications Advisor, OZ Minerals.
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0418 993 252