PHOTO ESSAY: Local artist Johannes Pannekoek says he’s always in the process of creating something new and unusual, with his latest sculpture making its first appearance last week at Bondi’s 2017 Sculpture By the Sea.
Local artist Johannes Pannekoek says he’s always in the process of creating something new and unusual, with his latest sculpture making its first appearance last week at Bondi’s 2017 Sculpture By the Sea.
Business News photographer Attila Csaszar spent several months documenting Mr Pannekoek’s creative journey, from concept to build, as well as the start of the artwork’s journey across the Nullarbor, bound for Bondi.
The 4.5-metre high formation, made from corten steel and marine-grade aluminium is just one of a collection of pieces Mr Pannekoek has worked on in the past decade, after selling his commercial business to become a full-time artist.
“Part of the challenge is to take what’s in your mind’s eye and put it on paper,” Mr Pannekoek said.
“It’s easy to think of all these wonderful things in your mind and you can only go to a certain degree on paper with a sketch.
“The methodology I use creates a sculpture that’s very unpredictable.
“After the sketch process, I’ll use a recycling print template or printing plates, they’re aluminium and easy to cut.
“Then there’s the process of rolling, and then twisting a piece of metal.
“And that’s when I can experiment with shapes.”
Mr Pannekoek said the finished sculpture weighed more than a tonne.
“This work verges into two parts crossing over,” he said.
“I’m inspired by a lot of other monumental works that command attention; with this piece I’ve tried to do that – interesting from all angles to create that ‘wow’ factor.”
Photo: Jessica Wyld
Last year Mr Pannekoek's work Change Ahead won the Aqualand Sculpture Award of $60,000, the most generous annual sculpture award in Australia.
Sculpture by the Sea and Aqualand has announced that the 2016, 2017, and 2018 Aqualand Sculpture Award works will be gifted to the Sydney Harbour Federation Trust and located at Headland Park in Mosman for visitors to enjoy year round.
Photo: Johannes Pannekoek