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Cape Paterson - Public Art Commission

“Love and precious things ” was commissioned by Council as part of its annual public art commissioning program. The work was selected by a Selection Panel made up of local community members, Councillors and members of the Arts and Culture Advisory Committee. The EOI for the Cape Paterson Public Art Commission was open nationally to all suitably experienced artists.

Local artist – Joe Donohue was successful in securing the commission ahead of a competitive field. The work places an array of corten steel rib-like forms into the Cape Paterson foreshore reserve. The work is elegantly aligned with the desire to provide a place statement, a symbolic identity.

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Love and precious things by Joe Donohue

Artist Statement:

This work borrows from the landscape, it’s figurative form deliberately open to interpretation. The bones of a once beautiful thing, a transitory token floating in time. It is not here to imitate the natural world but to sit with it, to travel through it, effortless, immersive.

We come to the sea to watch the world turn, to hear it breath, to wash the edges off and be stilled in the tides hush and flow, it’s remedy resonates an ancient rhythm that speaks of the journey in everything, it’s strength and fragility fills the heart in us; it’s emerging mystery brings an ease to meaning and finds the light in our heads.

This work is a dedication to the wonder in all things and to slow time passing through a beautiful world. Its raw scale and rhythm is of this place, it knows the earth lit smell of summer tea tree and long winter rainbows and how the wind works with the light here as it unwinds colour into spring. The bones of a beautiful thing ; Threads of memory woven through a tapestry of time, the dream of freedom floating on the stories intertwined.

It’s about the rise and fall in everything, joy and tears, love and precious things ; all memories worth keeping. It is a monument to the strength and fragility in all things beautiful.

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