Emerging from its current seclusion, a hugely impressive artwork resemblinga mythical beast is making its way from Perth to Fremantle to launchSculpture at Bathers.
Titled The Shimmer, it is a truly remarkable creature – a chimera – part lion,part snake and part goat. Its journey will end at Bathers Beach, where it willtake its place amongst over 80 sculptures by West Australian artists beingexhibited from 25 February to 12 March 2017.
Weighing in at over one tonne and standing nearly two metres tall and threemetres long, this massive cast bronze sculpture will appear in four surpriselocations across Perth from Monday 16 January.
Artist Susan Flavell created the The Shimmer in 2014 for the Bankwest ArtPrize. The original version of the work was made from cardboard and papiermâchė. It went on to win the Bankwest People’s Choice Prize and was thenexhibited in the 2015 Sculpture at Bathers exhibition.
A private collector acquired the work in 2015 and the decision was taken tocast the work in bronze. This wonderful sculpture is the result. It is a trulyoutstanding example of the imagination and skill of the artist combined withthe expertise of a renowned casting factory, which has allowed every detail ofthe original to be brought to life, including the corrugations in the cardboard.
In Greek mythology the chimera was a fire-breathing female monster with alion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail, which ravaged the lands of theLycean coast with her fiery breath.
‘The chimera is an unreal creature of the imagination, implausible in its shapeand identity’, says artist Susan Flavell.
Sculpture at Bathers hopes everyone will enjoy and appreciate this trulyunique West Australian sculpture as it makes its journey to Bathers Beach,Fremantle.
Be intrigued by its existence, be captivated by its creation and follow in itsfootsteps as we unleash the ‘beast’ of Bathers Beach!
Follow The Shimmer….