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07/Mar/2013

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Sculptor Robin Yakinthou with Gift from the gods, his piece for this year’s Sculptures by the Sea. Sculptor Robin Yakinthou with Gift from the gods, his piece for this year’s Sculptures by the Sea.

ROBIN Yakinthou has a 700kg gift for Perth art lovers.

The Warwick artist said Gift from the gods, his entry into Sculptures by the Sea, which opens on Cottesloe Beach this Saturday, is a statement on how humanity is polluting not just the planet, but outer space as well.

“Not only have we managed to pollute our oceans and every corner of our planet, but we have also managed to put over 20,000 pieces of space junk into our upper atmosphere,” he said.

Yakinthou said transporting the sculpture from Wesley College in South Perth, where he teaches art, to Cottesloe was quite an operation.

“It is loaded on to a truck with a forklift to be transported, and heavy machinery is used to excavate the foundations,” he said.

Yakinthou said he liked working with stainless steel, which had the added benefit of standing up to the elements well.

“Being displayed on the beach means you want something that can handle the salt air, as well as people touching and climbing over it,” he said.

Sculptures by the Sea runs until March 24.



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