A personal reflection in art, science and music





EAST SALE March 9, 2012

APRA Professional Development Awards 2011

2010 Cultural Arts Submission





Mark 15.25
'And it was the third hour and they crucified him.'

First they drove nails through his hands

Then they drove nails through his wrists

This sculpture is from Kauri Pine
using 15cm long hand made iron nails
with an English Mahogany stain
It is 33cm across x 28cm high and 4cm thick
the hand is raw timber polished with sandpaper

John 4:7
' There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water
Jesus sayeth unto to her give me to drink.'

This sculpture if from Juniper
it is 74cm high and 26cm across the base

A link regarding the creation of these two sculptures is coming soon


SCULPTURE 2011 - 2012

On August 6, 2012 I received a copy of the August 2012 Ensign and a story about the sculpture appears on pages A4-A6 of the
Australian Local Pages section.

On June 26, 2012 I received a copy of the Exhibition Catalogue from the Church History Museum which included a layout of the the gallery areas.

On May 20, 2012 I found that the story on had been moved to page two of General News as new stories were added to Lastest News.
This story also appears on page 2 at

On May 4, 2012 I found that the story on had been moved to page one of General News as new stories were added to Lastest News.

On April 20, 2012 I opened my emails to find a more photos taken by Dan Poffenberger in the Church History Museum using his good camera.

On April 11, 2012 I opened my emails to find a series of photos taken in the Church History Museum. They had been taken by Dan Poffenberger who is Contributor Relationships Manager at the Family History Library which is located across the street from the Church History Museum. Dan said he will return with his good camera and take more photos for me.

Front entrance Church History Museum Photo Dan Poffenberger

Exhibition banners Photo Dan Poffenberger

Inside main entance Photo Dan Poffenberger

Foyer area of building Photo Dan Poffenberger

Photo Dan Poffenberger

Photo Dan Poffenberger

Photo Dan Poffenberger

Photo Dan Poffenberger

Photo Dan Poffenberger

Photo Dan Poffenberger

Photo Dan Poffenberger

On April 9, 2012 Elder Cummings of the 70 had been in the Utah the previous week for General Conference and had visited the exhibition. He told me that as soon as you come in the front door the first thing you see is your sculpture standing alongside a sculpture called 'The Tree of Life' which was purchased for the Museum collection.

On April 1, 2012 I spoke to Dan Poffenberger at the Regional Family History Fireside and he said 'I work 30 yards across the road so I will take photos for you when I get back to work on Tuesday week'.

On March 23, 2012 A story with details about the sculpture and photos of it was added to the Australian LDS church website with the title Aussie's Work in Church International Art Display. Latter-day Saint Jim Turner's sculpture 'A Mother Protects Her Child in a Storm' is on display in The Church History Museum in Salt Lake City.

On March 18, 2012 I checked the slide show on and found that my sculpture was the only wood sculpture in the exhibition. I had created it by removing timber with a mallet and chisel to form the figure.
All the other sculptures worked in the opposite way in that they began as a ball of clay which was then added to until formed into the required shape in the case of the terracotta and bronze sculptures, while the steel and wire sculptures were created by cutting and then joining the various selected parts together.

On March 17, 2012 At 8.30pm I checked the website and found that a slide show of all work in the exhibition had been uploaded. To see the slideshow go to click on Menu then go to The Church and click on History then click on Art Exhibition Read More then click on View Slide Show on the right hand side. To find my sculpture click the arrow at the bottom right hand side 7 times and my sculpture will appear directly below the viewing window.

At 11am I viewed the direct broadcast of the Exhibition Awards Ceremony which was held in the Assembly Hall located across the road from the Church History Museum. The awards presented at the ceremony were 20 Merit Awards with a cheque for $500 and 15 Purchase Awards where the works become part of the Church History Museum collection. During September Six Visitors Choice awards will also be presented based what people liked as they viewed the exhibition. This year a total of 1155 works were submitted from 43 countries and of those 260 were selected to be sent to Utah for second round judging with 198 then being chosen for inclusion in the exhibition. The theme of the 2015 competition was also announced as being 'Tell me the stories of Jesus'.

On March 13, 2012
I received an email from the Church History Museum which included a link for the live video broadcast of the Awards Presentation at 6pm on Friday March 16 which is 11am March 17 Sydney time. In the mail later that same day I received an invitation to attend the Official Opening of the exhibition.

As the print is small I have typed out the text on each page of the card

Make Known His Wonderful Works
Ninth International Art Competition
"Pray unto the Lord, call upon his holy name,
make known his wonderful works among the people."
Doctrine and Covenants 65:4

Ninth International Art Competition

The Exhibition theme - "Make Known His Wonderful Works"- is taken from a revelation given to the Prophet Joseph Smith in 1831 and recorded in Doctrine and Covenants 65:4. It inspired over 1,100 Latter-day Saint artists around the world to enter the competition. Nearly 200 of these entries were chosen for the exhibition. Now is its ninth three-year cycle since 1987, the competition and exhibition continues to encourage new and established Latter-day Saint artists to express their beliefs about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ

The exhibition will be open through October 14, 2012

The Church History Museum

Invites you to attend the awards ceremony and opening reception
for the Ninth International Art Competition

Friday, March 16, 2012

Awards Ceremony
........ Opening Reception
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Assembly Hall ....................Church History Museum
Salt Lake City.....................45 North West Temple
Utah...............................Salt Lake City, Utah

Free parking is available at 119 West North Temple Street
and in the Conference Centre if space is available

For those who cannot attend the awards ceremony,
The event will be streamed live over the internet at 6p.m.
A link will emailed to all artists one week before the broadcast.

Church History Museum
45 North West Temple Street, Salt Lake City, Utah

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Early on the morning of June 6, 2011, I was sound asleep when woken by a unexplained loud bang on the brick wall near my bed. As soon as I woke into my mind came that I was to create a sculpture of 'a mother and child' for the Ninth International Art Competition and that the sculpture was to have a smooth finish.

I created the sculpture from a piece of southern Silky Oak Grevillea robusta, it is 7 feet tall and weights 150kgs (around 300lbs). A number of other specific prompts came over the following weeks and the sculpture took just over a month to complete working on it part time, it was finished only a few days before entries closed.

On December 9, 2011 I was informed by email that I was a finalist in the competition and that a final selection of works to be included in the exhibition would take place once entries had arrived in Utah. I had to ensure that the sculpture would arrive at the Church History Museum in Salt Lake City before January 24, 2012 and it arrived there on January 17.

On February 9, 2012 I received an email from the Church History Museum saying that my sculpture had been selected for exhibition and would be on display in the Church History Museum from March 16 to October 14, 2012.

On February 16, 2012 I received an email from the Church History Museum which informed me that a total of 1155 entries had been received from 43 countries around the world and that of those 1155 entries only 198 had been selected for display in the exhibition.

The last time I had worked on a sculpture of any kind was 31 years before in 1980.

Photo taken on August 31, 2011

Photo taken on August 31, 2011