December 18, 2018
August 16, 2018
With a little help from City Hall...
August 3, 2017
Maori sculpture (travel news 2)
April 10, 2017
A Stripped Crown and Measured Contours
March 28, 2017
Equinox and Art
March 20, 2017
Cite / Site / Incite
March 8, 2017
Travel news (part 1)
Learning from the Oak
January 24, 2017
Blog! Blog! Blog!
December 22, 2016
I'm busy working on my blog posts. Watch this space!
The cycle of the year is at its quarter point, with day and night in balance. Circles small and large have the ability to point us to the cosmos.
Traditionally, the circle is associated with heaven, the square with earth. I am fascinated by this presence in our universal, shared culture. Its most forceful showing is perhaps in domes.
This photo is of a wreath of gold leaves from ancient Greece. The brick dome structure below is Ottoman, from the same area of northern Greece.
Contemporary British artists Richard Long and John Maine are two people whose work explores the circle and its many echoes. here's an image of the fast, muddy marks of one of Long's paintings.
And an installation by Maine (Royal Academy, 2011) which refers to the geometric design in the floor in front of the altar of Westminster Abbey, the Cosmati Pavement.
An art project like Furzedown Oak has the potential to bring art to our doorsteps. Away from the institutions: Imagination.
Here are more images that have inspired me, connecting nature and the circle. A Roman mosaic; a sundial in a garden in Cornwall; a 17th century plaster ceiling in Kent.
In my design for sculpture in the garden of Oldfield House, each element relates to the circle. At this moment in the year, I ask: is it far-fetched to visualize these themes here?
More stories can be heard about the ideas behind each of the other sculptures in our group project.
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