Robert Hague wins Deakin Sculpture Award - Art Collector

8 November 2010 | Robert Hague is the winner of the $10,000 Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award for his work Trojan Hammer (200%). He was chosen from a field of 249 entries.

Hague says his work “comments on our (comical) obsession with productivity”.

He adds: “Familiar to many sculptors, the lump-hammer is a brute, with a long and checkered history. They were used to carve the marble of the Parthenon, and then again to deface it. Often used as a symbol for honest labour, they are the quintessential tool. The trojan hammers present themselves as a sometimes serious, sometimes humorous look at technology and its implications.”

The work can be seen along with that of the other 38 finalists at Deakin University Art Gallery until 4 December 2010.

Aarna Hanley

Above: Robert Hague, Trojan Hammer (200%), 2010. Bronze, 24ct gold, 39.5 x 13.5 x 13.5cm. Courtesy: the artist and Axia Modern Art, Melbourne

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