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About Smith Sculptors

We are a team of Sculptors and Designers specializing in large scale public art projects based in Perth, Western Australia from where we work internationally. We met in art school, at age 17,in Ireland and have been working together ever since, principally creating large-scale public sculptures around the World.


Having spent most of our lives living ‘within’ nature, rather than cities, our creative responses are finely tuned to the elemental forces, driving the natural world around us.

We are constantly evaluating our personal context, within the awesome processes visibly shaping our reality on a moment to moment basis. As a result, over the years, our work has gradually tended towards expressing certain universal qualities of human experience, through metaphor and form; essentially attempting to reveal elements of the underlying qualities of the human consciousness that binds, not only us as human beings, but the entire Cosmos together.

Lofty notions, perhaps, but certainly the basis for our primary interest in creating spiritual markers and placing them, like sign posts, for those who follow down the river of time. We see nearly all our creative efforts as memorials of one kind or another, which we launch into history, like time capsules, hopefully carrying intelligible messages which will communicate something of what we, as a Culture thought, felt and acknowledged as being fundamentally important and therefore worthy of expending the necessary wealth and energy to create these objects and abandon them in time.

Ultimately, nothing is real, until we make it so.

 

Our Studio

Our Studio is comprised of Joan Walsh-Smith, Charles Smith, and daughter Joanne Smith, with facility to expand quickly as projects demand. We are supported by a dedicated team of specialised technical professionals such as Civil engineers, hydraulic engineers, landscape architects, technicians and artisans proficient in all aspects of expertise required for our projects.

We can assemble this highly motivated and experienced team capable of responding
creatively to a design brief anywhere in the world, at short notice. Smith Sculptors produces works in a wide range of techniques and materials from the most ancient lost wax bronze casting to the latest computer controlled cutting technology. Our materials include:

  • Bronze

  • Copper

  • Silver

  • Steel

  • Stone

  • Wood

  • Concrete

  • Plastics and GRP

Depending on the projects requirements artworks of small and intermediate sizes are also produced. These range from 3 dimensional Portrait busts to limited editions in a wide range of materials.

 

From design to installation


We also arrange transport, insurance and the installation of our artworks on site. We are prepared to travel and meet with any potential client to discuss a projects and our capabilities. Essentially we are capable to taking any project, of whatever size, from design to installation.'

 

Charlie and Joan are extremely committed artists who take pride in their ability to interpret any commission or design any project. On a practical front, they take pride in their ability to extend themselves beyond any previous parameters, in an effort to express something essentially unique about every commission. This involves a continuous exploration of materials from the most ancient techniques such as Lost Wax Casting, sand casting, stone and wood carving, clay modeling etc., through to glass, plastics, C.N.C. computer cutting, including plasma, laser and water-jet. They also use computer graphics in various forms to create ideas and designs. All the above, is carved out at their bush land studios at Gidgegannup, Western Australia, assisted by their daughter, Joanne and engineer, John Colley.

 

In an exciting innovative departure, they designed and produced a major artwork based on the history of wine at Saracen Winery in Margaret River WA: The Temple of Wine, comprised of glass images in a steel architectonic framework, depicting the history of wine in a narrative symbolic form. This artwork, in printed glass, heralded other glass-design projects: Axis Matrix; a 15m X 6m artwork that covered the façade of a Perth CBD building and  extended this technique to their memorial to HMAS Sydney at Denham, Shark Bay WA, where the names of the 645 lost sailors float in a poignant, symbolic ‘watery grave’, superimposed upon the image of the Ship itself. The Anzac Memorial at Ocean Reef WA follows a similar pathway, but contained within a symbolic arch, symbolic of ‘crossing the threshold from one state to another’, encompassing the 100 years of Australia’s commitment to the resolution of conflict, from WWI to the Solomon Islands

 

At the same time, a special piece, as a commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the Mundaring Anglican Church, coincided with the Anzac memorial theme and took the form of the Holy Spirit in copper and steel within this old and special little church in the Perth escarpment- where photographs of long, but prematurely dead sons, of this little parish hung on the walls in a poignant reminder of the ineffable sadness of war, but the enduring spirit of life as expressed in the image of the Holy Spirit, whose life-force is eternal

 

In the way of expressing  and symbolising the tragedy and fruitlessness of war- the statue of Hugo Throssell strives to express the awful pain of a Victoria Cross recipient, as he ‘pushes on’ through the inevitability of what he has committed himself to- unknowing of the disaster ahead and the ultimate price he had to pay- that of suicide in his final extreme anguish. He stands in the streets of his home town, of Northam, honoured again, where once he was derided for his post-war beliefs- a tribute to the ‘Aussie spirit’-yet a  painful reminder of the devastation of war, and not the  glory.

 

All the above, is carved out at their bush land studios at Gidgegannup, Western Australia, assisted by their daughter, Joanne and engineer, John Colley.

 

Awarded: Centenary Medal

 

In recognition of their work Charles & Joan were each awarded the ‘ Centenary Medal ‘ 2001 for outstanding achievements in the field of ‘Large Scale Public Art’.

 

Awarded: Paul Harris Fellow 2012

 

Rotary International  ‘Paul Harris Fellow 2012’  – to Joan Walsh-Smith
Rotary International  ‘Paul Harris Fellow 2012’  – to Charles Smith  


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in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations amongst peoples of the World " Rotary International

 

 

 

Joan Walsh-Smith and Charles Smith

Smith Sculptors

 

 

 

 


 

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