Deborah Halpern’s Mosaic Sculpture On Show In Warrandyte

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Anna Chisholm | Herald Sun | February 02, 2015

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A NEW queen has her eye on the people of Manningham and Nillumbik.

Sculptor Deborah Halpern has installed her latest work, The Queen of the Shire at Kangaroo Ground-Warrandyte Rd, Warrandyte North.

The Warrandyte North artist’s work includes the 10m high mosaic sculpture Angel, which once featured at the National Gallery of Victoria and has since relocated to Birrarung Marr.

Ophelia, once known as the “face of Melbourne” stands outside the Southgate complex at Southbank, and was inspired by Shakespeare’s character in Hamlet.

Halpern, who has been creating sculptures for about 35 years, said Ophelia was the cousin of Angel and The Queen

of the Shire was the next in the series.

“She will be standing on the three roads which are coming from all directions around the site,” she said.

The sculpture will “float” 2.5m above the Warrandyte North Gateway site, featuring a strong female face, made from fibreglass and aluminium.

“She is in full flight,” Halpern said.

“I spent a lot of time cutting up the glass and gluing her together at home.

“The fibreglass work and engineering and skeleton was done at a factory in Springvale.”

Halpern was commissioned by Nillumbik Council to create the work, after designing The Spirit of Nillumbik at Eltham Square with Malcolm Laurance.

© 2015 Herald Sun | This article first appeared in the Herald Sun on 2 February 2015.

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