Sculptures of Endangered Species at Rusten House this June

Sculpture of eagle - wood metal and resin

This June, Rusten House Art Centre presents Endangered a sculptural exhibition by local artist David Smith. Endangered illustrates native Australian animals that – due to climate change, habitat loss, urban encroachment and introduced pests – are threatened, vulnerable or endangered. The execution is in steel and wood, enhanced by stone and resin.

David Smith lives in Queanbeyan, where he crafts an eclectic range of sculptures from reclaimed steel and other materials. His works are designed to instigate laughter or contemplation, and capitalise on his aptitude for engaging audiences through humour and intellect. After a career in the sciences, David now dedicates himself full time to his sculptures. His current exhibition explores the topic of adverse human impact on the environment, as seen through the eyes of some of our most iconic animals. The exhibition is a reminder that we need to do more to protect our fragile world for ourselves and for the other species that we share it with.

Since dedicating himself full time as an artist, David has become an active member of the local arts scene. Endangered is David’s second solo exhibition at Rusten House, and another of his sculptural works Eemoo can currently be viewed in The Q foyer as part of the 2024 QPRC and Bendigo Bank Art Awards.

The exhibition runs from 1-22 June at Rusten House Art Centre, 87 Collett Street Queanbeyan.

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