Sculpture:Telescopus

Sculpture:Telescopus from Dominic Johns

By: Dominic Johns  09-Dec-2014
Keywords: Artwork Theming, Sculpture Artwork, Stone Reliefs & Murals

TELESCOPUS 2008 Artist: Dominic Johns Materials: Iridescent and phosphorescent glass mosaic tiles and Chillagoe marble This is a large sculptural work based on the cone shaped mangrove whelk seen on the mudflats along the Northern Esplanade precinct of Cairns. The mangrove mud whelk (Telescopium telescopium) has in the past been an important source of food for the local indigenous people and a source of visual stimulus for the tourists and locals alike that wander the tidal edges. The use of Chillagoe marble ties in the geological link of the old coral reefs ‘outback of Cairns’ that provide us with an historical record of these creatures and to reference the links that bring people to this space. The outer skin of the shell is a field of natural colors - purples, browns and whites that spiral towards the tip glistening in the sunlight reflecting the iridescence in the warm tropical sun. Intersected with ridges of hand chiselled marble, to provide the viewer with a textural sense of growth. The cut face draws the chambered symmetry of the shell using phosphorescent glass that are inlaid with Mexican glass iridescent pebbles incorporated into the design to glow after sunset representing the natural phenomenon of phosphorescent animals in tropical waters.

Keywords: Artwork Theming, Sculpture Artwork, Stone Reliefs & Murals