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Sense of Place by Hew Chee Fong

Three sculptures are positioned closely to create both a dialogue and a symbolic triangular shaped geo-reference. On the outward face of the largest sculpture, part of a large spiral radiates outward. The spiral is an important and easily deciphered symbol that represents growth, evolution, connectedness, and interdependence; and it reminds us of the power and presence of nature and dramatic seasonal changes. The second sculpture is carved here and there to reveal layers representing, amongst other things, the layers that make up the society and people of Sussex and it’s complex, proud history. The slightly elliptical top face, smoothly polished, seems ready to receive nature’s bounty and subtly references the importance of the rivers and streams of Sussex. The smallest sculpture appears to be in an optimistic state of becoming, in which the future is malleable and anything is possible. Suitably child-sized to reference and engage the next generation, a large aperture pierces the stone, forming a window from the past to the future.

Artist: Hew Chee Fong was born in Malaysia in 1962. He  was educated in England and emigrated to Australia after completing high school. He has a BA in Fine Arts from Newcastle University, New South Wales, Australia, and completed post-graduate work in 1984. His sculptural work is influenced by aspects of Zen, Taoism, and Fung Shui.