By Robyn Downham Spencer
Pete Rush, local sculptor and artist has just unveiled his latest sculpture of a stunning mystical creation called Serenity (named by a local) which takes its inspiration from ancient Egyptian art.
This evocative sculpture enhances the beauty of Hawkesbury and its surroundings and is already having a positive impact on tourism for this area.
Pete selected the position besides our new public wharf with the majestic, historic ‘White House’ (aptly named ‘Serene’) as the backdrop. Pete said the abundance of local resilient Gymea Lilies as his medium, meant the possibilities were endless.
To date, Pete has mostly created animals made from driftwood but Serenity is his first figurative sculpture. As Serenity evolved daily, the connection grew not only for Pete but for all those who came to visit her as she gradually came to life.
Serenity has not only enhanced our landscape but she has also had a positive effect on our community, bringing us together, helping us to connect with fellow locals and visitors alike. We watched this amazing creation develop right before our very eyes.
Pete and Serenity have also had a positive impact on the mental health of the Community simply by drawing people to this scenic area in a relaxed environment whilst chatting to the sculptor at work. On the other hand, Pete was overwhelmed by the outpouring of warmth, generosity and hospitality shown by all the residents in our wonderful Community. He got to meet and enjoy the local colourful characters even the resident who was convinced Pete was making a sculpture of a giant prawn!
This has been a Community-based project commissioned by the NSW Government as part of the Bushfire Community Recovery Fund and overseen by Breanna Pollock the Community Development Worker, Community and Cultural Programs at the Central Coast Council. This project was designed to help connect the Community and strengthen resilience, and protect the mental health of our Community especially after all the extreme weather events we have been subjected to.
Thank you Pete for bringing us such a glorious sculpture. Serenity with her feet in the water encapsulates the scenic beauty of Hawkesbury inviting people to stop, relax and soak up the stunning scenery.
Pete we have all so much enjoyed having you here at Spencer, getting to know you and watching you work. You are truly inspirational.
As a beautiful tribute, Pete Rush has dedicated this magnificent sculpture to Mikol Furneaux who found peace on the wharf near Serenity during his last days.