Blampied business Overwrought Sculpture Garden and Gallery was nominated for a creative industries award in Ballarat last week.
As one of three finalists for the Commerce Ballarat Creative Industries Business Award, Overwrought owner and artist David Dawson will wait patiently for the winner to be announced on August 25.
Mr Dawson established the handmade metal sculpture business on his property in Mount Franklin 11 years ago before moving to its current space on the Midland Highway at Blampied. He designs and creates sculptures with a team of helpers in a workshop space then displays his work in the adjoining hay-shed gallery and landscaped garden.
Mr Dawson said the environment inspires most of his sculpture designs.
“I live in the bush so a lot of my designs mirror the bush,” he said.
“When you work in a particular medium full time like I do you start to see the world in that medium. I may see a silhouette of a tree as I am passing a paddock, stop to take a photo and use it for a design.”
Mr Dawson’s sculptures have become a regular feature at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Cranbourne and the Melbourne Gardens in South Yarra.
The work of over 30 local artists is on display alongside Mr Dawson’s creations in Overwrought’s exhibition space.