Mother and son team up to win sculpture prize
A MOTHER and son duo landed the $2000 Local South Burnett Award at the inaugural Kingaroy Sculpture Prize on March 4.
Ina Patterson and her son, Liam Hair, teamed up to build an impressive raw steel monument to our region's agriculture.
"It's called Postcards from the South Burnett,” Mrs Patterson said.
"It's made from raw steel and aluminium and it has iconic images of the South Burnett on it.”
Until recently Mrs Patterson worked exclusively with paint and pastels but changed it up for the competition.
She designed the work and drew all the imagery onto the steel while her son cut and welded four panels together.
It depicts scenes including bunya nuts, grapes and farmers harvesting.
"We wanted to depict the South Burnett,” she said.
"This is our first project together and hopefully it won't be the last.”
Both mother and son had to move out of their comfort zones to build the work.
"My son is a welder and he can use computer-aided design programs to make one-off engine parts,” Mrs Patterson said.
"He has his mother's artistic talent in him and he's dabbled a little bit in the artistic field.
"I've never sculpted before, I had to draw on these steel plates with a white out pen so Liam could see it and cut it out by hand.”
After they cover the cost of building and transporting the obelisk, the duo will share in the remaining cash.