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Public art – Port Sorell Primary School

A coastal Banksia seedpod, carved from a 5.5 ton Tasmanian Dolerite boulder

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Commonly seen as inconvenient and “untidy”, a Banksia seedpod nevertheless has got an important role beyond developing the seeds for the next generation of trees. In a well functioning ecosystem everything endemic like this seedpod is “recycled” and with that contributes to the health and wellbeing of the local animal and plant community like the one in the Pitcairn Reserve. This sculpture intends to honour not just our coastal Banksia and its fruit, but stands for all other humble, little, but vital organic entities in any given native ecosystem. At the same time it complements the nurturing of our next human generation that takes place in the school on the same grounds.

This work is part of the Tasmanian government’s public art collection commissioned through the Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme.

Artist

Mr Helmut Schwabe is a Tasmanian sculptor, living in northern Tasmania who has a background as a professional ceramicist. He has undertaken major commissions in the past for both public and private clients. In 2003 he created Engaeus Re-emerging, a sculpture using basalt depicting an endemic lobster, for the Wesley Vale Primary School. He was commissioned to do two major sculptures for a private collector at Bentley in Chudleigh in 2005 and 2008. He works using granite, basalt, limestone, sandstone and ceramics.

This work is part of the Tasmanian government’s public art collection commissioned through the Tasmanian Government Art Site Scheme.


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Public art – Port Sorell Primary School

Port Sorell Primary School, Pitcairn Street, Port Sorell, Tasmania, Australia

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