"Snail Shelter" 2015

3.0 dia x 2.7m high;  aluminum and blue gum

Nepean River, Penrith, NSW

 

Using the endemic and endangered Cumberland Plain snail as a reference, the large seat/sculpture becomes a protective shell for people on the walkway.  With its inward curving seat, intimacy and conversation is encouraged.

 

Spread along the 2.9 kilometers between the bridges, the sandstone block seats reflect four aspects of the Nepean River:

Bass - the living river

Bridge - crossing the river

Paddlewheel - working the river

Oars - on the river