Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Academic Nest Egg

A resident peacock inspects work on a big gold egg at the University of Western Australia

This egg, completed recently as one of several sculptural elements occupying a small courtyard at the University of Western Australia, clearly arouses the interest of birds as much as passing students and academics (very appropriate given the name of this blog!). It's a fixed concrete form overlaid with gold mosaic tiles, occupying a previously empty space beneath the large sun-dial mural completed last year; perfectly realised thanks to the meticulous handiwork of Iain Middleton and his team, working to interpret my notes and designs. You can find out a little more about both the sun dial and courtyard here, including more pictures and a short video profiling construction, or visit the University of Western Australia if you happen to be in Perth, and have a strong urge to eat your lunch while sitting on a big gold egg - and really, who doesn't?

6 comments:

  1. Hi, Shaun, I admire your humour and creativity!!! Please keep up your wonderful work. Long time ago, I met you at "Arrival" book launch in Sydney uni. Thank u for warm cheers that have encouraged me to keep on. Now, I work with Helen and to be published next April. Special thanks, Sadami

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    1. Congrats Sadami, you're in very good hands with Helen!

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  2. hi Shaun! really nice work and article !

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    1. Thanks for reading, and always good to hear a kind comment from you.

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  3. GREATNESS!!! I only hope you would entertain the idea of illustrating one of my stories! Would be a dream come true!! Thanks for existing Shaun.

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  4. Unfortunately I not much of a book collaborator anymore due to a backlog of personal projects, which I'm very slow at getting around to doing. But I appreciate the vote of confidence!

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