Victorian takes out Noosa Stone Sculpture Bequest
  • Tuesday 11 December 2012

Victorian stone sculptor, Viktor Kalinowski from Mount Burnett is the recipient of the 2013 Noosa Stone Sculpture Bequest.

The Bequest is a national biennial award administered by Sunshine Coast Council and generously funded by an anonymous donor.

Division 12 Councillor Tony Wellington said he was delighted to announce Viktor Kalinowski as the winner of the prestigious 2013 Noosa Stone Sculpture Bequest.

“This is the third stone sculpture to be acquired through the Bequest. It will send Viktori to Carrara, Italy for a two-month workshop residency at the renowned Studio Corsanini,” he said.

“While in Carrara Viktor will be able to immerse himself in both traditional techniques and new technologies of working with marble.

“His final work will become a welcome addition to the Stone Sculpture Walk at the Noosa Botanic Gardens on the shores of Lake Macdonald, near Cooroy.”

2013 Noosa Stone Sculpture Bequest lead judge Ken Scarlett said he chose Viktor for his proposed sculpture titled 'Perpetual Motion'. A small model or ‘maquette’ was used for judging.

“Viktor vividly describes his intended sculpture as 'movement expressed in the curve of the stone ... taken from a wave; a wave that is in motion on its perpetual journey to the shore’.

“The work has a skilfully balanced sense of movement in the two opposing forms; a tension that is resolved in the confident sweep of the large wave-like form. When produced to a larger scale it will be a dramatic work, viewable from both sides and with fascinating detail that will encourage closer inspection.”

Viktor Kalinowski said it is a very exciting time in his life and he is honoured to be the Noosa Stone Sculpture Bequest recipient.

“Travelling to Carrara is a dream of mine. Visiting Carrara in itself will be inspiring and now being able to work in a studio amongst other sculptors from around the world really is an experience of a lifetime,” he said.

“My task in Carrara is to transform my small maquette – by carving a dynamic new sculpture of ‘Perpetual Motion’.

“I also look forward to seeing my sculpture arrive back in Noosa to its final resting place in the botanical gardens.”

Viktor Kalinowski Biography

Viktor was born in Poland into a creative family and in the European tradition went on to train with artisans in Warsaw before moving to Australia in 1986. At Mt Burnett, Viktor runs a sculpture studio and foundry, and also teaches.

The versatile sculptor works in stone, bronze, steel, plastics, silver and gold. Drawing is an important part of his design process with sketches appearing like an alchemical formula ahead of any three dimensional piece of work.

Viktor Kalinowski’s private and corporate commission work features in collections around the world including Paris, Shanghai, Chicago, New York and several Australian cities. In 2008 Viktor was invited to represent Australia at the International Sculpture Symposium, Barossa Valley, South Australia. It will be a pleasure to add Noosa Botanic Gardens to this impressive list.

Visit Noosa Stone Sculpture Bequest website for further information.