Perhaps high-priced, iconic sculpture added to a scenic seaside village leaves you yearning for a trip to the untainted wilderness, but if the site of carbon fiber and steel structures erupting from the earth make you feel alive, you’ll want to see the process of how this one was created. Bart Hoedemakers captured New Zealand sculptor Phil Price molding and shaping the base and the Mobius like discs of the structure that now sits high above the Australian coast.
Phil Price Opto sculpture
Get out your fiberglass, epoxy resin and prepare to follow along at 100 frames per second. The 9m (30 foot) high sculpture was constructed at Phil’s studio in Christchurch, New Zealand and installed at the Seaside Village precinct in Redcliffe, Queesland, Australia, costing the city AUS $291,000 as part of the Redcliffe Seaside Rejuvenation Project. Here, you get a glimpse into the fiberglass layup process Phil uses for his large sculptures and see the amount of work that goes into creating it.
Phil is best known for his kinetic sculptures with many located across New Zealand and Australia. The main materials used in most of the sculptures are carbon fiber and glass fiber bonded with high temperature epoxy, stainless steel and precision bearings to allow the sculpture to play with the wind. Here you get a feel for how enchanting and elegant these sculptures can look.