Sculptor Onto A Shore Thing

Newcastle Herald
29 March 2009
Melissa Lyons

Left: Picture by Peter Stoop

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PETER Tilley's artwork is set for a royal encounter when it is shipped off to Denmark today.

The Hunter sculptor is one of 60 Australian artists invited to exhibit at Sculpture by the Sea in Aarhus, Denmark, which will be officially opened by Crown Prince Frederick and Princess Mary on June 4.

Between the Idea and the Reality, which took Mr Tilley just six weeks to complete, will appear in the free outdoor exhibition.

"There is no other place where your work gets that much exposure so it's pretty exciting," Mr Tilley said.

Sculpture by the Sea exhibitions have appeared on Australian shores at Bondi Beach and Perth's Cottesloe Beach, and Mr Tilley's work has appeared in both.

Exhibition founder David Handley said the Danish show would be that country's first.

Crown Prince Frederick and Princess Mary enjoyed the Bondi exhibition three years ago and decided to stage it in Denmark.

"They felt the combination of sculpture and a beautiful coastal location would be just as popular in Denmark as it had been in Australia." Mr Handley said.

He said the exhibition offered a platform for artists to build an international reputation.

Seaside Exposure: Peter Tilley with his artworks Between the ldea and the Reality, left, and Another Cloudy Day - Picture by Peter Stoop.