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SIMPLY staying awake for 25 hours is a big enough ask but when one has to concentrate while creating art at the same time it becomes a herculean effort.

However, that's what artist Dan Elborne was doing in Toowoomba in the name of art and raising awareness for suicide prevention.

Mr Elborne created a separate piece of clay art every 40 seconds - a one to one ratio to the rate of suicide around the globe.

Mr Elborne was commissioned by Adderton, a new art foundation with a gallery opening in Brisbane in June next year, to create the artwork during Suicide Prevention Week.

Artist Dan Elborne creates a piece every 40 seconds as a representation of each death by suicide in a live durational artwork production at Alexandra Lawson Gallery in partnership with White Wreath Association: Action Against Suicide, Tuesday, September 11, 2018.
Artist Dan Elborne creates a piece every 40 seconds as a representation of each death by suicide in a live durational artwork production at Alexandra Lawson Gallery in partnership with White Wreath Association: Action Against Suicide, Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Kevin Farmer

Mr Elborne is partnered with the White Wreath Foundation, a voluntary organisation which raises awareness of suicide and suicide prevention.

The art project involved Mr Elborne applying his thumb or finger indentation to terra cotta clay pieces which will eventually be fired and glazed before being exhibited at the Brisbane gallery.

"There's still a lot of work to do but this is a critical stage of the project," an obviously weary Mr Elborne said.

At the 25-hour point, he had completed 2273 pieces.

"Each one of the pieces represents someone," explained Alexandra Lawson who is overseeing the project.

Artist Dan Elborne creates a piece every 40 seconds as a representation of each death by suicide in a live durational artwork production at Alexandra Lawson Gallery in partnership with White Wreath Association: Action Against Suicide, Tuesday, September 11, 2018.
Artist Dan Elborne creates a piece every 40 seconds as a representation of each death by suicide in a live durational artwork production at Alexandra Lawson Gallery in partnership with White Wreath Association: Action Against Suicide, Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Kevin Farmer

"The Adderton gallery was once a convent and the sisters have been watching Dan on live stream.

"The project is also a way to help raise donations for the White Wreath Foundation which does amazing work."

To learn more about the project or to donate to the foundation, go to danelborne.com/tbd

If you or someone you know needs help, contact: Lifeline 13 11 14; Suicide Call Back Service 1300 659 467; Beyondblue 1300 22 44 36.

Artist Dan Elborne creates a piece every 40 seconds as a representation of each death by suicide in a live durational artwork production at Alexandra Lawson Gallery in partnership with White Wreath Association: Action Against Suicide, Tuesday, September 11, 2018.
Artist Dan Elborne creates a piece every 40 seconds as a representation of each death by suicide in a live durational artwork production at Alexandra Lawson Gallery in partnership with White Wreath Association: Action Against Suicide, Tuesday, September 11, 2018. Kevin Farmer


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