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  • Peter Schipperheyn and SBS Radio's Anneke Boudewijn in the Sydney atrium next to his male mask sculpture. (Anneke Boudewijn / SBS Radio Dutch)Source: Anneke Boudewijn / SBS Radio Dutch
25 years ago artist Peter Schipperheyn carved "Maschera Maschio" a pair of colossal male and female heads using himself and his wife as models. He returns to SBS to reflect on these compelling sculptures and his new projects.
Anneke Boudewijn / SBS Radio Dutch

26 Jun 2015 - 5:07 PM  UPDATED 26 Jun 2015 - 5:09 PM

Known around SBS for his striking larger-than-life white, marble mask sculptures "Maschera Maschio" which you can find in the SBS Sydney atrium, artist Peter Schipperheyn is of Dutch heritage but has been a long-term resident of Italy.

Peter says he wants people to touch the masks.

"If my sculptures receive that touch of people there's something that goes on in the stone and they live then, otherwise they are just a dead object."

It's there he has produced a new work and is back in Australia to enter it into this year's Wynne Prize.

He talks to SBS Dutch Radio's Anneke Boudewijn about his Dutch heritage, what inspires him and the process of creating a sculpture.