Parkes artist Sean James Cassidy honoured for Dish artwork

Writer Kerrie Peden and Sean James Cassidy holding copies of Australian Physics magazine, with Sean's artwork on the front.

Writer Kerrie Peden and Sean James Cassidy holding copies of Australian Physics magazine, with Sean's artwork on the front.

Artist Sean James Cassidy was recently honoured, with his artwork selected to grace the cover of the prestigious magazine, Australian Physics.

The magazine edition coincided with the heritage listing of the CSIRO's Parkes Radio Telescope.

The magazine cover highlights a section of a larger work of Cassidy's which is on permanent display on the Woolies wall, in the main street of Parkes depicting the importance of the harvest as the Radio Telescope sits in farming land.

Native animals represent Goobang National Park to the east and hand prints signify the human spirit that has reached out and touched the moon.

Cassidy said the artwork is based on a poem by his aunt, Kerrie Peden, prompted by a pose he struck during a discussion they were having about the telescope.

He went on to produce the "Dishy" character which featured in the 50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing.

Radio Telescope

It stood with its hands on its hips

And its nose pressed up against the stars,

Listening to the gossip of the galaxies,

Trying to catch the whispers of how it all began.

- Kerrie Peden

Cassidy is presently working on an exhibition with Professor Virginia Dandan of The Philippines, based on linking art and physics.

Local artist Scott Turnbull and other members of Ub Ubbo Exchange will also be contributing to the exhibition.