Ted Upton Sculptor Antarctic seas and ice, the Great Barrier Reef, woodland and forest trees from Victoria to Queensland can all be seen to influence my work. Marine and native wildlife also play a part. The reason I mainly use wood is that it feels alive; it is not inert. As you work you can feel its sap. Even well seasoned wood can split and crack once it has been carved, revealing more of its character.
So many old trees on the Bay Islands are cut down for housing or need to be removed because they are a danger to people or dwellings. All of my timber comes from this source
I visited Ted at his home studio on Macleay Island where he was carving a sculpture outside under a canopy. He showed me some of his work inside and also current works in his own garden. Ted’s sculptures have a tactile impression, and I wanted to touch and feel the carving and experience his creation through my own hands and fingers. After seeing his naturally wild curlews, I asked him to carve a curlew for me to touch and love. He is very involved with the timber he works with and also likes to use the wood as an intensive part of his creation.
Macleay Island has many of his sculptures in different places….the scenic seats at the Jetty, the park and MIAC are memorials to his amazing skill with Timber