I had the huge pleasure of being offered an Artist in Residence at Carey Baptist Grammar School in Semester 2, 2018.

The art project involved working with the Junior Art Teacher Lauren Verde, Head of Junior School Libby Russell and Junior School students to create a corten steel sculptural artwork to be mounted in the School grounds.

Together we discussed a theme the artwork could take and finally decided on ‘FOUR OAKS’ as there are many oak trees growing in the school grounds. The oak leaves would represent the students in their classes.

Lauren and I discussed and designed for the four CORTEN steel wall panels 265 x 160cm x 1.6mm and each weighing 45kg with an oak tree in each panel.

Each oak tree symbolises the growth, development and learning each student has achieved in their primary schooling years at Carey.

The panels have an acorn each with the class’s name in it. And each panel has four different groups of Australian fauna represented.

  • 6DS Butterflies / Eagle
  • 6P    Lyrebird / Kookaburra
  • 6F    Possums / Koala
  • 6DF  Magpies / Owl

It is around each of these oak trees the student’s designed their own oak leaf that can be seen by all that pass.