'Resilience' piece selected for Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail

RESILIENCE SCULPTURE: A concept Image of Karl Meyer's
RESILIENCE SCULPTURE: A concept Image of Karl Meyer's "Resilience" sculpture viewed from approaching path on the Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail at Penneshaw. Photo supplied

The Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail has commissioned an exciting new installation for their commanding "Lighthouse" location overlooking Penneshaw.

The sculpture by South Australian artist Karl Meyer will be a symbol of "Resilience".

This installation has been made possible by the successful Federal Regional Bushfire Recovery Grant Program application secured by the dedicated team at Kangaroo Island Tourism Alliance (KITA).

After a highly competitive and inspiring round of submissions, the volunteer Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail Arts Acquisition Panel made their decision to commission Karl Meyer, a local South Australian artist to create a sculpture.

His creation will be lit at night and viewable from approaching ferries and many visual spots throughout the township of Penneshaw.

Karl has a reputation for bringing originality to his approach and through the physical form of sculpture, encourages engagement, interaction and curiosity.

His enthusiasm for art and design arises from a fascination with the evolution of ideas and how they influence people and the physical environment. Karl has blended his art practise with his proficiency as a designer over the past decade.

Karl's vision for the sculpture is: "Resilience is reflected in the expressed open centre, the heart of the community being held between two halves allowing the flow of energy and life.

"There is a strength in the two halves coming together, holding a sensing of space and connection in which resilience can continue to grow.

"The artwork aims to engage the viewer to give pause and contemplate notions of resilience as well as the revitalization of the natural world.

"The artwork also acts as an iconic landmark through its vertical scale at 5-6 metres tall, a symbol of a 'beacon', having an interplay of light during the day and evening illumination at night.

"As a beacon to the trail, the sculpture will shimmer in the sunlight as people move towards and around the work.

"Approaching on the ferry, the eye will be drawn to the form and natural backdrop along the Penneshaw foreshore with visual interest from sea and the ferry terminal.

"Given the natural colours within the immediate backdrop of vegetation, this identifying feature will immediately draw the eye and interest to the site."

The Kangaroo Island Sculpture Trail team is very thankful to each and every artist who put forward a submission for this opportunity.

It invites any and all artists to submit their ideas for its current Expression of Interest round, open until February 28 and is specially targeting a range of works valued up to $20,000.

For more information on the KI Sculpture Trail, please visit www.kangarooislandsculpturetrail.com or email them on kisculpturetrail@hotmail.com

To learn more about Karl Meyer, visit www.karlmeyer.com.au