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Artists’ iceberg a long way from home

SWIMMERS at Broome’s Cable Beach are being treated to a colour-changing iceberg sculpture courtesy of Forrestfield artist Claire Davenhall who is an entrant in the Shinju Matsuri Festival’s A View to Asia Art Awards.

The iceberg joins 12 other sculptures and installations by Western Australian artists to form an interactive exhibition reflecting on Broome’s multicultural nature.

Ms Davenhall she said she hoped the work made people stop and reflect.

“The piece is of a beached melting iceberg,” she said.

“Older icebergs often appear blue as they melt, because the water inside is so pure.

“I have tried to replicate that effect by using an interference blue pigment that shifts from white to blue when you walk round, giving the appearance of the iceberg changing colour.”

Ms Davenhall said the work made a statement about the environment, global warming and the melting of the polar ice caps.

“Many people won’t have experienced it first hand, so placing an iceberg on a beach in Western Australia, makes you stop and think,” she said.

“I invite people to come and take a closer look at my work, often it gets better the closer you get.

“I like to include text into my work to give people a clue about what it represents and this one shows how far it has travelled from its origin in Antarctic, to Australia and then on to Asia.”

About Sarah Brookes

Sarah is an award-winning journalist (2016 WA Media Awards - Best Three Suburban Newspaper Stories) who has covered our Mundaring and Kalamunda editions since 2011. She went to Eastern Hills Senior High School before studying chemistry and biology at university. Staring down a microscope two years into her degree she realised a future in science wasn’t for her – journalism was. Sarah lived in Europe before re-settling in Darlington, where her family has lived for three generations, with her two children. She has worked for various government agencies and Media Monitors. Sarah is a media junkie who loves talkback radio and devours the weekend papers.

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