27/11/2015 – A Visit to see Wood Carvings

My dad was very keen to take me to Bargara to view some wood carvings of sea life that he taken my cousin to see.


Arthur Clark is a renowned local artist, famous for his wood carvings utilising local timbers.


Denizens of the Deep is a series of intricate wood carvings of coral and sea life that live off the coast of Bundaberg.  With over 70 works comprising numerous components, the largest piece being more than three metres long, Council had been unable to display the entire collection at one location which was the Artist’s desire when Bundaberg City Council obtained the entire collection in 2005.


The entire works have now been moved to Bundaberg Regional Council’s Bargara Office where they are on display for all to see.  The relocation project sees the construction of decorative platforms and the installation of lighting designed to display the artworks in their entirety.


I was pleasantly surprised by the entire display, it was beautiful, I particularly liked the moray eel in the above photo poking his head through the hole in the coral.


And again here, amazing carving.


Every time I look at these I see something else.


“When he gets a new piece of timber, he will spend the first three days just sitting and looking at it from all angles,“ Mr Clark’s wife Betty explained. “As soon as he picks up his pen, I know he’s away,” she said. No preliminary sketches are drawn, only a chalk line on the timber to mark the spine of the dominant animal in the carving. CQUni News


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