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Leschenault duo drift-ing

Nicolette BarbasSouth Western Times
Leschenault father and son duo Dave and Jake Coghlan will be displaying two of their sculptures at Perth's upcoming Scluptures by the Bay exhibtion.
Camera IconLeschenault father and son duo Dave and Jake Coghlan will be displaying two of their sculptures at Perth's upcoming Scluptures by the Bay exhibtion. Credit: Nicolette Barbas

Leschenault residents Dave and Jake Coghlan will be joining three other South West locals as they display their works of art at Perth’s Sculptures at Bathers this weekend.

Having displayed their artworks at exhibitions around the South West, the Coghlans’ participation in the Fremantle event is a first for the pair.

“Dad has been making sculptures for as long as I can remember and that’s how I became interested and involved in the art world,” Jake said.

“I completed my studies in fine art and public art last year and did an exchange in Canada which was really inspirational.”

Jake’s sculpture, Drift, comes in at 5m long, 2.5m wide and 3.5m tall and will be travelling on the back of a trailer down the freeway later on this week.

“The idea behind it is a leaf that forms into a wave shape with a spiral that is Fibonacci inspired,” he said,

“Fibonacci is a mathematical equation that comes up in nature quite a lot and has been the inspiration behind my sculpture and Dave’s.

“Transporting it will definitely be an interesting experience,” Jake laughed.”

Working with stainless steel, Jake said he designed his piece to create a sense of wonder with viewers.

“I chose to work with stainless steel because I like the shine of it and also because leaves are quite ephemeral, whereas stainless steel is so long lasting and it gives a nice contrast between the material and the idea,” he said. “With the scale of my piece in terms of size I’m really hoping it creates a sense of wonder and gets an emotional response from those who check it out.”

The father son duo’s sculptures will be on display alongside 83 other sculptures, all produced by West Australian artists, at Bathers Beach Precinct in Fremantle from Saturday to March 2.

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