Tallawalla Street Reserve, Beverly Hills
‘It is supposed to be functional and supposed to be fun’.
Tom Misura’s Kangaroo Seats celebrate the traditional native fauna of the Wolli Creek area. These three sculptures are shaped like kangaroos, made from stainless steel with a reflective finish and each one is painted with a different primary colour - red, blue and yellow. Standing larger than life, children and adults alike will be able to experience the delight of sitting in a kangaroo pouch.
Misura says "The first thing I knew about Australia or the first connection was with "Skippy", so the idea started to roll from there."
It draws upon nostalgic reflections of this iconic Australian fauna and the artist describes his early memories of ‘Skippy’ the Australian TV program after newly arriving in Australia and the show helping him to learn English.
These playful, interactive and functional art pieces will activate Tallawalla Street Reserve, Beverly Hills.
Tomas graduated with distinction as an Artistic Blacksmith from The School of Artistic Crafts in Bratislava, Slovakia. After training his artistic development was further shaped by Prof. Alfred Habermann who was a world-renowned authority in contemporary artistic blacksmithing.
‘My current work has explored the possibilities of fusing traditional metalworking techniques with new materials into a contemporary sculptural language… I am interested in the dynamics of sculpture and its impact on human emotions.’
Travelling extensively, before settling in, and becoming a citizen of Australia, has allowed him to meet and be influenced by many craftsmen and artists around the world.
These resources have been designed by experienced Visual Arts educators to support students and teachers studying and delivering the NSW syllabus for Visual Arts, and are tailored to Stage 4 and Stage 5.
Stage 6 teachers may also consider some of the artist studies for their students.
This slideshow compliments and aligns with the worksheets for a more visual investigation.
Stage 4 worksheet
This worksheet targets Year 7 and Year 8 students and provides investigations into this artwork and some artmaking tasks that align to it.