A BALLARAT artist has received third prize for her sculpture at this year’s Florence Biennale.
Betty Collier was one of 11 artists to represent Australia at this year’s event and received the award for her piece Cluster Formations No. 3.
The 73-year-old said the carved alabaster work represented organic shapes and was inspired by mushrooms, land fissures and rock formations.
She said the sculpture took about 15 months to complete and was hand-carved and polished.
“I didn’t expect to win. It came as a surprise because you’re up against everyone else in the world,” she said.
The winning work follows a similar theme to her work The Cluster (pictured) which previously won an award at the International Flower and Garden Show.