Poseidon sculpture wins People's Choice Award

Artists: Jason Wachtel and Ken Herron pictured beside their Poseidon sculpture, winner of the Brighton Jetty Sculptures Festival People's Chocie Award.

Artists: Jason Wachtel and Ken Herron pictured beside their Poseidon sculpture, winner of the Brighton Jetty Sculptures Festival People's Chocie Award.

The towering Poseidon sculpture crafted by Victor Harbor born and raised stone mason Ken Herron and Mypolonga-based boiler maker Jason Wachtel, has been awarded the outdoor People’s Choice Award at the 2019 Patritti Brighton Jetty Sculptures Festival.

The Times recently reported on the sculpture, which was placed on the Brighton Esplanade in a prominent position, as part of this year’s Jetty Sculptures Festival.

Poseidon portrays an important environmental message about the protection of the Great Australian Bight.

Stone mason Ken Herron said he and Jason both thought the event was amazing to be involved with. 

“To get the People’s Choice Award in the outdoor category is a tremendously proud moment for us,” he said.

“We took Poseidon for a victory lap through the city on Monday on our way home. Thank you so much for the support to our community and the greatest city in Australia, Adelaide, Woohoo!”

He also congratulated Erika Brolese who won the indoor People’s Choice Award for a snail sculpture.

“Erika Brolese’s Award for her awesome snail is well deserved,” said Ken

“As is everyone who won and went in this event. Amazing art and so fortunate to be part of. Fingers crossed we see you next year.”

Jason said he had been extremely inspired.

“Thank you very much to everyone who voted,” he said. “The greatest gift for art is the response of the public.”