The gardens of the Warringah Aquatic Centre were transformed with a summer exhibition featuring contemporary sculptures and site-specific installations by emerging and established artists.

19 October 2019 - 26 April 2020   * some of the artworks were on display for a limited period only.

Participating artists



John Fitzmaurice
Make a wish

Make a wish is inspired by the natural shape and smooth lines of a wishbone. By over-scaling and using brushed stainless steel, the piece is transformed into an abstract interpretation of an organic form. The work invites visitors to make a wish as they walk through its shimmering arch.

Website: John Fitzmaurice



Jake James
Tale of the seas

Crafted from found materials, Tale of the seas responds to its surroundings by reflecting the light and foliage.

“I love turning waste into art”, Jake James

* Temporary display only



Sallie Portnoy
Nascentia blades of glass

The stark glass shafts transfixed in an environment evoke the interdependency of man with his ecosystem and the life force with cosmic energy. These blades tower not only as harbingers of environmental ruination, but also simultaneously as totems of transcendence and transposition, nascent in potentiality; a duality inherent in the contemporary relationship between man and his environment. These blades of glass are a call out to the angels.

Website: Sallie Portnoy



Leesa Knights
Like a river runs surely to the sea

Rescued from landfill this salvaged treasure has lived a life of extended adventure, crossing waterways, land and seashore. A symbolic vessel, connecting humans to outdoor play, and now play to creative thinking. Her underbelly has been restored and painted with a design originally inspired by the beautiful ramblings of our Northern Beaches nature. As she quietly floats she waits to be discovered - to surprise, engage and delight – calling the imagination of young and old to question the intriguing art of a familiar object in an unfamiliar place.

Website: Leesa Knights 



Victoria Norman
I feel free

The dancers aim to convey a joy of life while flying through the air. Whatever the season, whatever your shape, you can be free to dance and love life and love yourself.

Website: Made in Design



Kassandra Bossell
Life inside life

Depicting the Richmond Birdwing butterfly, this work aims to bring attention to the interconnected relationships between humans and all living insects, birds and animals. By being aware of these relationships, we can take action to save many species from extinction. Life inside life draws on science and philosophy to investigate new interactive perspectives through which the viewer can think about their relationship with other life forms.

Website: Whysas

* Temporary display only



Stephanie Powell
Sea change

Sea change aims to evoke the beauty of coral reefs and invites the audience to consider the man made threats they face. Created with plastic bags, this work highlights the need to protect this fragile ecosystem, and conserve our marine environment.

Website: Stephanie Powell 

* Temporary display only



Thomas C Chung
You said you would take care of me...

Seen through the eyes of a child, You said you would take care of me... is an installation of crocheted dahlias displaced in the urban environment. To emerge into the 21st century as a land that is now progressing towards acceptance, it seems fitting that we turn our heads to remind ourselves of where we have come from. We are all from different lands.

Website: Thomas C Chung

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Gemma McKenzie-Booth and Pamela Lee Brenner 

Phono-synthesis is an interactive installation that reimagines how we converse with strangers by inviting the audience to co-create sounds through a network of pipes. Its brightly coloured physical presence references vines and flowers.




Angela Van Boxtel 
The hurrier I go - the behinder I get

In spring and summer, we enjoy the beautiful flowers in bloom that bring joy and colour to our surroundings. “As a young girl I always used to pick flowers – they were aplenty. Now my children pick up rubbish instead of flowers.” Crocheted from plastic shopping bags, this work highlights the impact of waste in our environment.

Website: Waste to Design

* Temporary display only



Maria Romeo

Waterbabies aims to invoke the sense of fun derived from a summer’s day swimming, or spark memories of learning to swim. The ‘line drawings' are a snapshot of that moment of diving into a pool which is both exhilarating and scary as an unsure learner swimmer.

Website: Maria Romeo 



Matt Wilcock

This work was born from the desire to create something beautiful and unique from what is otherwise considered waste, and incorporates chain salvaged from free-diving expeditions in the ocean at Warriewood, stone from local quarries, and scrap metal.

Website: Out Fall Art



Sandy Bliim

Following on from a series of works entitled Childs Play, Clytie is the head of a doll - a toy discarded. Her origins stretch back in time to an ancient Greek myth as the spirit of a sea nymph. She exists now as a carapace washed up on the shore. Her size is an indication of her true character and the appeal to us all of BIG things.



Suzanne Davey
The unfurling

The unfurling explores ideas about the importance of sanctuary and having the opportunity to escape from our everyday struggles. We are all subject to forces beyond our control, but taking a breath of air and connecting with our natural environment can nourish and transform us so we can face the world with renewed hope and resilience.

* Temporary display only



Jayanto Damanik Tan 
Ritual red chandeliers

Ritual red chandeliers explores the identity and politics of diaspora in ways that express personal experiences of ‘otherness’. It is associated with ritual, meditation, time and healing that places an awareness of aloneness in the art process as a cultivated contemporary. The work is inspired by the artist's Indonesian heritage, and Indonesian temple ritual and ceremonies.

Website: Jayantodamanikart



Alison Thompson
Fairies’ stones

This work aims to evoke a sense of whimsy and invites the audience into a world of fantasy, as rocks become soft, plush cushions on which to sit or tread.

* Temporary display only



Penny Polkinghorne
The year of the rabbit

The Year of the Rabbit explores the concept of rabbits as refugees in exile. Forming a group, they co-operate as a team to seek a new home, defending their patch by hiding in the landscape. This work represents the sacrifices and decisions of the past and a renewal of the fighting spirit.