Fabrication of Giant Owl by Koolpinyah Barnes

12 January, 2010

Indigenous artist Koolpinyah Barnes was recently commissioned to recreate his Tawny Frogmouth Owl sculpture at 1.8m for a public space. The original sculpture,  450mm high, was produced as a result of the Gatherings workshops, which were a series of sculpture workshops held between 2007-08, whereby UAP worked with indigenous artists from various communities in the Northern Territory. One of the primary aims of the workshops was to assist the artists in the interpretation of their art practice to create limited edition artworks. Koolpinyah worked with patternmakers in UAP’s workshop to create a pattern for the Giant Owl, which was later cast in bronze.

Koolpinyah and his Owl

Koolpinyah works with UAP patternmakers on the 1.8m Giant Owl sculptureThe original Owl, made in the Gatherings workshops

left: Koolpinyah Barnes and UAP Patternmaker Cezary Stulgis. right: the original Tawny Frogmouth Owl sculpture (450mm high)

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