14/05/14

Despite the weather, thousands of diehard visitors came to vote for their favourite sculpture displayed at the Toowoomba Gardenfest on 2-4 May at the Southern Queensland Institute of TAFE, Toowoomba.

Lee Faulkner and Alex Stalling, representing Toowoomba Art Society congratulate Dawn Conn

Lee Faulkner and Alex Stalling, representing Toowoomba Art Society congratulate Dawn Conn

After all the votes were counted, the overwhelming winner of the Gardenfest Art & Sculpture Competition was Remember Days Like this?, by sculptor Dawn Conn of Brisbane.

Dawn acquired her inspiration from her grandfather‘s fishing stories – a time of tranquil peace and reflection. This delightful sculpture was made from recycled industrial steel, timber post from Brisbane’s Botanical Gardens boardwalk, recycled jeans and materials, plus a fishing net from the 1930s.

Dawn who is a regular visitor to Toowoomba creates all her sculptures by hand and each one is an original and labour of love.

“I draw great inspiration from childhood memories and love bringing vintage items back to life. I work through these memories to identify a thread, emotion or energy that exists, which then evolves into a story, I need to tell through my art,” said Dawn.

Dawn’s sculptures are whimsical expressive figures with endearing characteristics which charmed many visitors at Gardenfest.

Photo by Lucy RC Photography