Artists install impressive sea sculpture with an important environmental message

Artists: Jason Wachtel and Ken Herron pictured beside their Poseidon sculpture on the Brighton foreshore.

Artists: Jason Wachtel and Ken Herron pictured beside their Poseidon sculpture on the Brighton foreshore.

Victor Harbor born and raised stone mason Ken Herron has joined forces with Mypolonga based boiler maker Jason Wachtel to create a towering Poseidon sculpture with an important environmental message.

The sculpture which has been placed along the Brighton Esplanade foreshore in a prominent position, as part of this year’s Brighton Jetty Sculptures Festival, has been receiving unbridled attention since its installation this week.

The towering figure is Ken and Jason’s depiction of god of the seas Poseidon, and has a timely message following recent government pushes to explore oil drilling in the Great Australian Bight. 

“The sculpture depicts Poseidon observing the absolute destruction of our ocean,” said Ken.

“He is looking out over the aftermath of an oil spill in the Bight in some maybe not so far off future.

“We really rely on the Bight for so much, and I like so many others am seriously concerned with its utter destruction.”

Ken and Jason spent over 300 hours crafting the figure made from Murray River Mypolonga cliff sandstone and recycled steel. 

The initial stone they began work on weighed over 1200kg.

“Jason is a fantastic boiler maker and self taught with a forge,” said Ken.

“We had talked about working together before and over a beer discussed the idea of doing something with an environmental message and it just took off from there.

“We had an absolute ball creating it and it was something very meaningful for both of us.

“I feel very privileged to have it included in the show, as that was our goal from the beginning.”

This is the second year in a row Ken has had a piece included in the Sculptures Festival, having previously entered a “Trojan Seahorse” into the display, which he later gifted to his wife.

It’s a strong start in the world of art and sculpting for Ken, who only recently turned his natural skills to the idea as a hobby.

Poseidon has already reportedly received attention from Holdfast Bay Mayor Amanda Wilson who said it should be an easy sell at a price-tag of $7800.