Winner in tin for sculpture prize

'Les St Hill and the Tin Canoe' on display.

'Les St Hill and the Tin Canoe' on display.

An installation designed by an Eden artist and author has won first prize at the Jindabyne Lake Light Sculpture during Easter 2018.

‘Les St Hill and the Tin Canoe’ was designed and constructed by John Blay with the assistance of sculptor Amanda Stuart, and sound artist Jane Ulman.

Les St Hill and the Tin Canoe displayed on the shores of Lake Jindabyne for the 2018 Jindabyne Lake Light Sculpture exhibition.

Les St Hill and the Tin Canoe displayed on the shores of Lake Jindabyne for the 2018 Jindabyne Lake Light Sculpture exhibition.

The sculpture is a handmade tin canoe outfitted with solar and a sound system to reproduce the voice of Bermagui resident Les St Hill via speakers in a sound shell.

With the assistance of Ms Ulman, Mr Blay’s vocal recordings of Mr St Hill’s stories were polished to suggest the place and times, such as now regionally extinct curlew cries.

Lake Light Sculpture is an annual outdoor sculpture exhibition and competition held along the foreshore of Lake Jindabyne.

 Mr Blay started recording Mr St Hill’s life stories in the mid-1970s as part of an oral history project. He hoped the installation would find a permanent home on the coast.