However, it is no exaggeration to state that at its heart, Hours to Sunset is the result of a long-term collaboration between artist Shaun Tan, UWA academic Dr Peter Kovesi and was commissioned by Susan Marie, Director UWA Extension.
Shaun Tan grew up in the northern suburbs of Perth, Western Australia. In school he became known as ‘the good drawer’, which partly compensated for always being the shortest kid in every class. He graduated from The University of Western Australia in 1995 with joint honours in Fine Arts and English Literature, and currently works full-time as a freelance artist and author in Melbourne.
Shaun began drawing and painting images for science fiction and horror stories in small-press magazines as a teenager, and has since become best known for illustrated books that deal with social, political and historical subjects through surreal, dream-like imagery. Books such as The Rabbits, The Red Tree, Tales from Outer Suburbia and the acclaimed wordless novel The Arrival have been widely translated and enjoyed by readers of all ages. Shaun has also worked as a theatre designer, and worked as a concept artist for the animated films Horton Hears a Who! and Pixar’s WALL-E, and directed the Academy Award winning short film The Lost Thing with Passion Pictures Australia. In 2011 he received the presitgious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, honouring his contribution to international children’s literature.
Dr Peter Kovesi works in the Geophysics and Image Analysis group within the Centre for Exploration Targeting at The University of Western Australia. His work involves applying computer vision techniques to geological and geophysical images, with particular interests in feature detection, texture analysis, and visualisation techniques.
In his secret other life, Peter builds exquisite boats, leaps from tall buildings to glide through the air, and helps build beautiful sundials.
Susan Marie is Director, UWA Extension at The University of Western Australia. Previous to this role, she worked in Arts and Culture for Local Government where she collaborated with Shaun Tan on other projects including two large-scale artworks.
UWA Extension runs courses, workshops and events designed to appeal, entertain and welcome people onto our beautiful campus. The Hours to Sunset sundial is one of many projects created by UWA Extension that aims to connect the wider community with The University of Western Australia.