Surreal object lands biggest prize in gallery's history
IT LOOKS like a contraption the Cat in the Hat would use to eavesdrop on his neighbours.
Perhaps it's a fantastical weathervane that measures the concentration of pixie-dust in the atmosphere.
Or it's a dwarven gramophone that blasts the latest in underground rock music.
Whatever it is, the object titled Measuring Device Of Undetermined Origin and Ability won the inaugural Kingaroy Sculpture prize.
It was built from a fallow deer antler, a Villiers engine circa 1940, a Second World War trumpet and 1950s wooden surveyor's tripod.
Boona artist Christopher Trotter claimed the prize at the exhibition opening on Saturday.
He said his entry was indicative of a wider practice that combined everyday items in unusual and abstract ways.
"My expertise is taking objects that come from a very broad cross section of industries and pulling them together to create something that looks like it perhaps once existed in a parallel reality,” Mr Trotter said.
"I take objects and they evoke memories and people have a sort of connection to the object.”
The sculpture prize offers the biggest pool of prize money of any art competition in the South Burnett.
A full $10,000 was on offer.
About 75% of the cash was collected from the art sale commissions.
Kingaroy Arts Team member and competition co-ordinator Patrick Burns said the prize attracted artists from across the country.
"To make an impact you have to have a prize pool that attracts a breadth of entrants,” Mr Burns said
The gallery has an idea to move art out into the streets.
"It was important to showcase sculpture in relation to what it can do from a public art perspective.”
The gallery hopes to see some public art in the future Kingaroy streetscaping project.
"This is an introduction to the creative elements that could be put into that,” Mr Burns said.