THE WILD COSMOS: Sculptor John Olsen with one of his works titled Kenny Koala. Picture: Mike Knott.
THE WILD COSMOS: Sculptor John Olsen with one of his works titled Kenny Koala. Picture: Mike Knott.

Sculpted sea creatures swim into Mundubbera

NUMEROUS sea creatures will be diving into the Mundubbera Regional Art Gallery for a special exhibition.

The metal sculpted works of Bundaberg artist John Olsen will be showcasing his exhibition Aussie Icons & The Wild Cosmos 2 from November 4 to January 5 2020.

He is predominantly known for his manipulation of recycled and repurposed metals, to create animals of seaside areas.

Mundubbera Art Gallery volunteer co-ordinator Sue Allan said they were lucky to book Mr Olsen’s showcase.

“He’s quite well known in Bundaberg, and he has held this exhibition there and in Maryborough before,” Mrs Allan said.

“A lot of his inspiration for his sculptures comes from sea animals and symbolic work, such as the Corroobee man, Salt Bush Bill, and the Outback Mailman.”

Some of John Olsen's works at the Mundubbera Art Gallery. Picture: Contributed.
Some of John Olsen's works at the Mundubbera Art Gallery. Picture: Contributed.

Mr Olsen worked as a trawler fisherman for most of his life, and was an influential fisher in the prawning industry in Queensland.

Now in his late 70s, he has since retired as a fisherman, and delved full time into his sculpted works.

“He collects what metals he needs, receives material donations, and completes his projects in his shed in Bundaberg.”

“He even has this huge Tyrannosaurus Rex at his home which is just incredible.”

The Mundubbera Regional Art Gallery has been running for over 11 years now, and is sponsored by the North Burnett council.

The gallery will be open on Friday December 6 for the Mundubbera Christmas Street party from 5pm-9pm.


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