The Swell Sculpture Festival starts today! Swell facilitates high quality outdoor art and cultural events, connecting people, art and place. Their signature event is the SWELL Sculpture Festival held annually on Currumbin Beach.Now in its fourteenth year, the ten-day festival brings over 50 works by nationally and internationally renowned artists to a free public exhibition on the beautiful beaches of Australia’s Gold Coast.The event delights 265,000 visitors annually, and we had the pleasure of creating the awards for the winners of the event. These custom solid timber awards combine laser etched textures and titles, and a modern stylised representation of Currumbin rock. The image wrapping around 2 of the faces is actually Currumbin Rock itself!
Two members of the Potato gang made it to the opening/awards night (pictured here with our good friend and local artist Lisa Martin). The atmosphere was fantastic and good to see so many people supporting a great event.
This was a fun project created for the City of Ryde where we used a combination of Australian native timber and coloured acrylics, to make these awards.
We also created a custom timber plaque for a special commendation award.
These are some custom-designed trophies we did for Nautique and their Big Dawg World tour.
We drew inspiration from the visual elements of the boats to create a look that maintained the branding of the company.
The tour kicks off in Florida and travels to Spain, North Carolina, California and back to West Palm Beach, Florida for the Finals. It’s kind of a big deal in the Water-skiing and Wakeboarding industry.
This piece is made from a custom shaped solid timber base, with a mix of laser cut, printed and laser etched ply and acrylics, mounted off the base.
We think you’ll agree that it’s an impressive award. Here’s a great action shot of one of the competitors followed by some of the recipients at the end of one of the rounds.
The Komune Bali Pro project was great fun and we appreciate being able to work with the guys at The Mad Hueys.
The Mad Hueys wanted a trophy with a golden shoe on it that they could drink a beer out of for their Komune Bali Pro. We love crazy projects here at Potato Press, so we jumped on it.
We resin-coated the shoes and gave them a chrome gold finish, then mounted them to a solid block of New Guinea Rosewood. The timber base had a detailed laser etch incorporating the event branding.
It all went fantastically well and you can see the winner, Taj Burrow, drinking from the trophy in the Pool at Komune Bali.
We excel at the weird, the fun and the one-off.
2016 Komune Bali Pro from THEMADHUEYS on Vimeo.
This is a custom award we created for Union Wakeboards and the Riders Choice Awards Australia. It is a routered birch ply with a black laser cut type and laser etched logo. Such a nice clean finish with that style of wood, which gives the final award a a sleek and stylish look.
Here is a recent project where we designed and manufactured these custom awards for Coursera. Coursera are a large global online training and education platform that offer courses from a huge range of university and colleges from all over the world. We shipped these over to California to their head office. The trophy itself is made from solid timber with inserted pop colour panels and recessed mirrored logo. Then all finished off with a laser etch on each side. The end result was a super clean and finished custom award.
This custom layered trophy was created for the guys over at AMMA. This custom piece has a cool 3d effect by using different elements of the logo being broken up and on different layers of acrylic.
Here is a custom trophy we did for Brisbane City Council and their Park(ing) Awards. Solid timber base with inserted astro turf, laser cut acrylic and laser etching. It was a really fun and quirky award to put together. You can check out some of the images from the event over HERE.