There’s a beautiful new sculpture at Wombarra Sculpture Garden, and it’s looking for a home.
Sculptor and Sculpture-garden owner Gaby Porter is behind the gorgeous ‘Shellpod’. Created from ferro cement and white mosaic tiles, the sculpture is quickly becoming one of the most popular attractions at the Gardens, but Gaby would like to see it on public display.
The sculpture has been created with the general public in mind. It is ‘climbable’ and even has a specially thought-out ‘selfie’ area!
Gaby has been a professional sculptor for 30 years and has created such notable works as the Helensburgh Miner, the bronze wallabies at Wollongong University, and the Bluebird at the Wombarra Creek bush care site. She’s also responsible for many of the gorgeous works in the Wombarra Sculpture Garden.
“Wollongong Council was offering a $25,000 grant to create a cultural project that could be enjoyed by the community,” says Gaby. “We have a sculpture workshop group which has been meeting here for five years, so we put in a proposal. We missed out on the grant, but decided to build it anyway!”
“We contributed our own funds, then received modest funding from Culture Bank, and ‘Shellpod’ is now complete!
“But it’s not about the money.
We want to donate Shellpod to Wollongong Council as a gift to the community,” she says. “I have been running this sculpture group for five years and there is no charge to come along. A lot of people have helped me over the years, teaching me the skills I need, so I am happy to help others free of charge.
“The world has benefitted a lot from altruism!
“We want people to enjoy this creation. I have been approached to create a work for the Palm Beach to Many walk but Shellpod was designed with the Illawarra in mind so we really want it to stay here. We are waiting to hear back from Wollongong Council regarding their interest.
“In fact, we would love to see ‘Shellpod’ situated on a prominent headland.
“Wouldn’t it be lovely to have sculptures along the new Grand Pacific Walk? Sculpture by the Sea is so popular. People could enjoy public art on this amazing pathway right here in the Illawarra all year round!”