How’s the Serenity?

Pete Rush puts the finishing touches to his latest sculpture. Archive July 2021

The River Cares group is encouraging Coasties to take a trip to Spencer, when COVID restrictions allow, to enjoy a spot of Serenity.

The latest sculpture by Coast artist Pete Rush has been unveiled near the public wharf, with the historic White House as its backdrop, and has been named Serenity by a resident.

The sculpture takes its inspiration from ancient Egyptian art.

“This evocative sculpture enhances the beauty of the Hawkesbury and its surrounds and is already having a positive impact on tourism for this area,” River Cares President, Robyn Downham, said.

“Pete said (having an) abundance of local resilient gymea lilies as his medium meant the possibilities were endless.

“To date, Pete has mostly created animals made from driftwood but Serenity is his first figurative sculpture.

“As Serenity evolved daily, the connection grew not only for Pete but for all those who came to visit her as she gradually came to life.

“Serenity has not only enhanced our landscape but she has also had a positive effect on our community, bringing us together, helping us to connect with fellow locals and visitors alike.

“We watched this amazing creation develop right before our very eyes.

“Pete and Serenity have also had a positive impact on the mental health of the community simply by drawing people to this scenic area in a relaxed environment whilst chatting to the sculptor at work.

“On the other hand, Pete was overwhelmed by the outpouring of warmth, generosity and hospitality shown by all the residents in our wonderful community.

“He got to meet and enjoy the local colourful characters – even the resident who was convinced Pete was making a sculpture of a giant prawn.

“This has been a community-based project commissioned by the NSW Government as part of the Bushfire Community Recovery Fund and overseen by Breanna Pollock the Community Development Worker, Community and Cultural Programs at Central Coast Council.

“This project was designed to help connect the community and strengthen resilience, and protect the mental health of our community, especially after all the extreme weather events we have been subjected to.

“As a beautiful tribute Pete Rush has dedicated this magnificent sculpture to Mikol Furneaux who found peace on the wharf near Serenity during his last days.”

Media release, Jul 7
River Cares President, Robyn Downham