The Clown Seat was commissioned by the Prospect Traders Association with funds they had before they disbanded. The artist was approached to create a whimsical and quirky piece that also worked as art that could be played on or used for seating. The concept was created after consideration given to the space which is regularly played in by children whilst parents enjoyed a local coffee.
About the artist
Gerry McMahon is an Adelaide based artist whose practice has evolved from the skills he acquired from his previous occupation as a sheet metal tradesman. He has always appreciated the characteristics of metal, particularly its versatility and durability, but as an artist he is able to experiment, explore the boundaries and manipulate metal in a more creative fashion than ever before. Many of his works are playful, capturing the imagination and evoking a whimsical, joyful sentiment.
He is driven to create positive, engaging and uplifting works that communicate to their audience and enrich their environment. Gerry's practice is divided into three major areas: commissioned works, exhibitions and workshops. Whilst enjoying the freedom of exhibiting, it is in the realm of public art that Gerry gains the greatest satisfaction, allowing his works to be seen by a larger audience and sharing his vision with the whole community; public pieces created within community based workshops reinforce this concept even further.
126 Prospect Rd, Prospect SA 5082, Australia