Where the River Meets the Sea | Brendan Morse & Stefan Purcell

21 September, 2010


‘Where the River Meets the Sea’ at Swell Sculpture Festival 2010 / Image courtesy the artists

ARTISTS Brendan Morse and Stefan Purcell
PROJECT Where the River Meets the Sea
EXHIBITION Swell Sculpture Festival
LOCATION Currumbin, QLD, Australia
DURATION 10 – 19 September, 2010

‘Where the River Meets the Sea’ is the first in a series of work that converts retired rowing shells into refined artwork for public space. The project is an ongoing collaboration between the All Hallows School, Brisbane, Rowing Support Groups, who supply the boats, and artists Brendan Morse and Stefan Purcell. This sculpture was recently installed on Currumbin Beach as a successful entry in the Swell Sculpture Festival.

From the artists:

“The sculpture was consciously installed in a location with a view of both the Pacific Ocean and the Currumbin Creek Estuary. It is a tribute to the rivers of the Earth, a reminder of the vitality, richness, and fragility of our estuaries in the face of an expanding population and the damage we cause when we forget to care for these ecosystems that critically connect country to towns & cities and to oceans.

With the exception of necessary glues and fixings, ‘Where the River Meets the Sea’ is constructed entirely of salvaged material, off-cuts & scrap, including the fibreglass shells, galvanised steel structure, stainless steel plate, copper plate, bronze rods and hardwood veneer. It is also a reminder of the resources that we continue to squander regardless of the warnings.”

Stefan and Brendan have been working together in the Ecological Design realm for the past 3 years. They share a passion for ecologically sound technology, and both drive their personal art practices with the central tenet of ‘reuse & recycle’.


Retired rowing shells to be ‘recycled’ into new artwork / Image courtesy the artists


‘Where the River Meets the Sea’ at Swell Sculpture Festival 2010 / Image courtesy the artists

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