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World Expo 88 Artist To Talk At Coolum

A UNITED States sculptor of public art – with links to Brisbane’s World Expo 88 – will speak on the Sunshine Coast this weekend.

Jon Barlow Hudson is in Australia to donate to the John Oxley Library his drawings and other documents relating to the massive Paradigm sculpture he built for World Expo 88 in Brisbane.

On January 22, he will present Arts Minister Ian Walker with the documents as a push builds to have his 30.4m by 2.4m sculpture, which includes 66 aeroplane landing lights that flash to a rhythm, placed on permanent display.

The installation, one of the hits of World Expo 88, took five months to construct.

It now sits in storage under the Story Bridge in Brisbane.

The Queensland arts community is urging the Brisbane City Council to drop plans to have the sculpture cut down and displayed in several pieces.

An earlier plan was to have the structure installed at Kangaroo Point.

Sunshine Coast artist Blair McNamara will host Mr Hudson at his Ten Mile Beach Holiday Studio at Coolum tomorrow.

Mr McNamara, who also exhibited at World Expo 88, said the Paradigm piece was ahead of its time, having been generated on a computer.

He said it was important for the work to be displayed and retained in the form it was originally created.

Mr Hudson will speak at the Ten Mile Beach Studio at noon tomorrow about his art installations around the world, which include the piece, Wind Dragon, commissioned for the Beijing Olympics.

Source: Sunshine Coast Daily

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