AIMING HIGH: Clunes resident Daniel Clemmett’s award winning work‚ Keeping up with the Kalashnikovs‚ won the major award at the Swell Sculpture Festival.
AIMING HIGH: Clunes resident Daniel Clemmett’s award winning work‚ Keeping up with the Kalashnikovs‚ won the major award at the Swell Sculpture Festival. Zac Smith

Really big gun wins Clunes sculptor really big art prize

A CLUNES artist has won the major prize at a sculpture festival for his work of a three-metre gun made using recycled materials.

Daniel Clemmett's piece, Keeping Up With The Kalashnikovs, was named the winner of the major Swell Sculpture Award, one of seven awards announced as part of the 10-day festival and exhibition.

Director of the Queensland Art Gallery of Modern Art, Chris Saines, judged the event and awarded Mr Clemmett the $15,000 first prize out of 60 entrants.

Keeping Up With The Kalashnikovs is a striking three-metre gun, created using recycled automotive panels and engine bonnets.

Mr Saines said he was impressed with the standard of work from all the artists.

"Daniel Clemmett's work is a great example of the exceptional standard of pieces in this year's Swell Sculpture Festival," he said.

"It is the work that, in my view, made the most insistent and artistically compelling contribution to the event.

"I kept returning to Clemmett's work, increasingly feeling that it had made a thoughtful, well resolved and even provocative contribution to the Swell conversation.

"Daniel Clemmett has fashioned his monumentally scaled Kalashnikov out of recycled automotive panels, essentially transforming the domestic car into an insurgent's weapon of choice.

"The Kalashnikov is infamously the go-to gun for resistance movements around the world and those who can't afford the high tech weaponry and training of the major powers.

"By re-fashioning his gun at the scale of a Howitzer, more commonly found at the entry to RSL clubs and at the base of war memorials Australia-wide, Clemmett clearly has a penchant for irony, which isn't lost in the Keeping up with the (Kardashians) overlay of his title."



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