- Year Created: 2022
- Dimensions: 310cm h x 150cm w x 150cm d
- Weight: 450kg
- Media: Mild steel and stone
- Sculpture Pictures: 5
- Sculpture Weight: 450kg
- Edition: Unique
Its a Battle has flowers growing tall, coming out of dry, hard, rocky earth. In this piece I wanted to represent our journey as Australians. Despite the harsh terrain and dryness of this land we call home, drawing strength from the sun we can grow, pushing onwards and upwards. We, like the flowers, can overcome the difficult barriers to thrive whilst still having our feet (or roots) placed firming on the ground. The flowers are different heights and stages of growth just like we are individually. Yet they grow and stand beside each other, in solidarity like we do as a nation.
Judge's Comments MIFGS 2023
The second prize went to Its a Battle. A metaphorical work about nationhood. When I arrived yesterday to judge, it was early and the sun was just starting to come out after buckets of rain. The watery coat exposed the beautiful stone which contrasted with the heavy metal. It looked stunning. I might add that it looks magnificent when dry, too. Again I can see this work on a rolling meadow with space and distance around it to truly appreciate it.
Pamela Irving, Judge Sculpture at MIFGS 2023
- Estate Sculpture Second Prize at 2023 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show