The $50,000 Rio Tinto Sculpture Award has been awarded to Harsha Vardhan Durugadda of India for his work ‘Column of Sound’ at Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe (pictured).

The award was announced by Chris Salisbury, chief executive Rio Tinto Iron Ore at the opening of Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe.

Rio Tinto, our Principal Partner, is gifting ‘Column of Sound’ for permanent public placement to the City of Busselton.

Durugadda says of his work, “‘Column of Sound is based on the visual dynamics of an audio wave. Sound – temporal and ephemeral – translated to tactile and eternal. A paradigm shift of our sensory experience.”

This is Durugadda’s first Sculpture by the Sea, Cottesloe exhibition, having received the Andrea Stretton Memorial Invitation from Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi 2016.

Different Sound waves
Different Sound waves

Founding Director of Sculpture by the Sea, David Handley, AM said, “This is a wonderful work by a fabulous and imaginative artist. It is exceptionally hard and adventurous for an artist to exhibit from overseas, with the added costs and logistics, so I am delighted for Harsha and look forward to him exhibiting many times in the future. He is also a very nice bloke and this award will be a major step in what I believe will be a great career.”

The Rio Tinto Sculpture Award was selected by a judging panel of leading figures in the visual arts:

  • Dr. Stefano Carboni- Director, Art Gallery of Western Australia;
  • Geoffrey Edwards- Former Director, Geelong Gallery, Victoria and former Senior Curator of Sculpture, National Gallery of Victoria; and
  • Dr. Nien Schwarz- Artist & Senior Lecturer, School of Communications and Arts, Edith Cowan University.

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