Three half-man half-horse figures rising out of the ground have won the second annual Sculpture in the Paddock exhibition.
School of Art Alumnus Stephen Harrison’s plaster work The conference of the horsemen won first place in the competition, which is held on the grounds of the historic Cooma Cottage homestead in Yass.
Harrison, who graduated in 2012 after studying a Masters in Visual Art specialising in sculpture at the ANU School of Art, was presented with a $2,000 cheque and a glass trophy made by Binalong artist Peter Minson.
Twenty-five entries made it into the 2014 Sculpture in the Paddock exhibition.
“I first started out when I was looking at the brumbies down at the Mount Kosciusko region and they developed from seeing those great horses and developed into the mythology about half man, half horse,” he says.
Harrison also entered the Bondi Sculpture by the Sea exhibition, with a piece portraying a mythical figure cloaked in white plaster.
“A lot of my work involves getting out and showing my work. It really helps to win a gong like I did at Sculpture in the Paddock,” Harrison says.
Sculpture in the Paddock was inaugurated last year after Yass locals Duncan Waugh and Al Phemister decided they wanted to create a similar attraction to the Sydney event.