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Artist aims to provoke reaction at Rochester exhibition

Steve Glassborow has returned for a twentieth year, bringing a range of his bronze sculptures.

ELAINE COONEY April 24, 2014 11:25am

Sydney artist Steve Glassborow with one of his artworks which will be on display at the Rochester Art Exhibition. Photo: submitted

Sydney sculptor Steve Glassborow is celebrating 20 years of displaying his art in Rochester.

Twenty years ago Mr Glassborow was commissioned to create the Oppy statue on Moore St and his ties with the Rochester community endured.

Since unveiling the bronze statue of Rochester’s most famous sportsman, Sir Hubert Opperman, Mr Glassborow has been displaying his works at the annual Rochester Art Exhibition.

This year he will bring a 90cm cheetah cast in bronze, abstract designs of people and animals, a life-size bust and some miniatures.

Altogether he will display 12 bronze pieces.

He said the Rochester community was always interested in what he comes up with next and this year he has some surprising pieces in store.

‘‘I like to see people’s reactions,’’ he said.

Mr Glassborow said one of his most interesting pieces, Double Exposure, is a figure of two halves with distinctly different styles.

Another piece, called Teabird, is a life-size bust with a teacup in the place of hair.

Since the creation of the Oppy statue Mr Glassborow has made bronze models of other sportspeople such as the boxers Lionel Rose and Johnny Famechon.

Mr Glassborow said he was fascinated by anatomy and sportspeople were good subjects.

Some of his pieces stand in Shanghai and Singapore.

The Rochester Art Exhibition will run from Friday to Sunday at the Rochester Shire Hall.

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