Early work – Conversation

I spent over a year carving ‘Conversation’ from two 15-ton blocks of Bondi sandstone for a site in the city of Bathurst’s Peace Park. In part it was the desire to participate in a more constructive humanity than war (which had enthralled me as a child), that sustained me through its arduous creation. ‘Conversation’ was my first major sculptural commission in 1985.

It recognised the centrality that human dialogue would need to assume in the deregulated, environmentally challenged and global village that Australia was merging into in 1988, its bicentennial year.