Artist: John Wood
Title: Ageless Oura
Materials: Corten steel and River Red Gum
Location: Oura Beach Reserve
Hand crafted by Wagga Wagga artist John Wood these hardwood timber seats are framed by rust coloured steel rings that blend beautifully into the landscape.
Impressive to look at, the art works also create viewing frames for the natural wonder that is the mighty Murrumbidgee River.
John commented, “In designing Ageless Oura I have purposely tried not to rival the natural beauty of the reserve through the use of organic lines, but instead have designed a functional geometric sculptural art work that will offer focal points, framed views and lasting memories of the Murrumbidgee River.”
This art work has been engineered to withstand floods.
John Wood is a practicing blacksmith, designing, making, and installing architectural and sculptural metal work since 1999.
Wood's work is a response to his regional and rural environment designing large scale works that have sense of place, belonging and soulful purpose reflecting his rural roots.
Shape and form, juxtaposing organic and geometric lines are prominent in Wood’s work. His sculptures reference the co-existence of built and natural environments, influenced by the American abstract sculptor Albert Paley and the beauty of English artist blacksmith Brian Russell, whom he trained with in 2005.
Wood has won several large scale public art commissions for public collections along with numerous private commissions.