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Large Wire-Frame Sculpture Shows the Glowing Forms of Children Trapped Within Adult Bodies

September 16, 2015

Kate Sierzputowski

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Photo by Andrew Miller

Ukrainian sculptor, blacksmith, and designer Alexander Milov has produced a large wire-frame sculpture that features the forms of children that glow when day turns to night. The outer sculpture is two adults sitting back to back while the inner sculpture displays the two children touching hands through the metal wires.

Milov’s sculpture titled Love depicts a scene of conflict with hope and innocence rising from within. “It demonstrates a conflict between a man and a woman as well as the outer and inner expression of human nature,” said Milov. “The figures of the protagonists are made in the form of big metal cages, where their inner selves are captivated. Their inner selves are executed in the form of transparent children, who are holding out their hands through the grating. As it’s getting dark (night falls) the children chart to shine. This shining is a symbol of purity and sincerity that brings people together and gives a chance of making up when the dark time arrives.”

The giant sculpture was produced for this year’s Burning Man and is the first time in 30 years that Ukraine has received a grant to produce work for the festival. You can see more examples of this year’s sculptures on the festival’s art installation archive here. (via Bored Panda)

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Photo by Andrew Miller

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Art

Lifelike Galvanized Wire Animal Sculptures by Kendra Haste

February 16, 2015

Christopher Jobson

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Working only with layers of painted galvanized wire atop steel armature, UK artist Kendra Haste creates faithful reproductions of creatures large and small for both public installations and private collections around the world. A graduate of the from the Royal College of Art, Haste says she is fascinated by how such a seemingly ordinary medium, chicken wire, is capable of suggesting “the sense of movement and life, of contour and volume, the contrasts of weight and lightness, of solidity and transparency—values that I find in my natural subjects.” She continues about her work with animals:

What interests me most about studying animals is identifying the spirit and character of the individual creatures. I try to create a sense of the living, breathing subject in a static 3D form, attempting to convey the emotional essence without indulging in the sentimental or anthropomorphic.

In 2010, Historic Royal Palaces commissioned Haste to fabricate thirteen sculptures around the Tower of London that will remain on view through 2021. You can see much more in this online gallery, and as part of the Art and the Animal exhibition currently at the Ella Carothers Dunnegan Gallery of Art in Missouri. (thnx, Kat Powers!)

 

 



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Steel Animal Sculptures by Byeong Doo Moon at ‘Sculpture by the Sea’

October 30, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Our memory in your place. 2014. Photo by GCImagery.

South Korean sculptor Byeong Doo Moon unveiled a new stainless steel sculpture as part of Sculpture by the Sea 2014 earlier this month in Sydney. The intricately welded peacock is titled “Our memory in your place” and is a stylistic companion to Moon’s 2011 sculpture, a deer with an unwieldy set of antlers that resembles tree limbs. The annual sculpture event is now in its 18th year and runs through November 9th. You can see plenty more photos of this year’s participants on their website.

 

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Our memory in your place. 2014. Photo by Deepwarren.

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Our memory in your place. 2014. Photo by Deepwarren.

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I have been dreaming to be a tree. 2011.

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I have been dreaming to be a tree. 2011.

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I have been dreaming to be a tree. 2011.

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I have been dreaming to be a tree. 2011. Photo by Francisco Martins.

 

 



Art Craft

Dense Wire Tree Sculptures by Clive Maddison

October 10, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Using nothing but wire, sculptor Clive Madison creates tangled trees that grow from wooden bases into dense clusters of leaves and branches. Each piece is made by hand without glue or solder, using single strands of wire that start at the base and terminate at the top. You can see many more pieces on his website, and several are available through Lee Champman Gallery. (via Ghost in the Machine)

 

 



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Dramatic Stainless Steel Wire Fairies by Robin Wight

July 16, 2014

Christopher Jobson

UK sculptor Robin Wight creates dramatic scenes of wind-blown fairies clutching dandelions, clinging to trees, and seemingly suspended in midair, all with densely wrapped forms of stainless steel wire. The artist currently has several pieces on view at the Trentham Gardens and sells a number of DIY wire sculpting kits from his website where he also discusses in great detail how each piece is built.

 

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Art

Bird Sculptures Constructed from Wire by Celia Smith Look like Detailed Sketches

June 2, 2014

Christopher Jobson

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Robin, 12cm tall. Copper wire and telephone cabling.

UK artist Celia Smith works with various forms of wire to create delicate bird sculptures and installations. While somewhat abstract in appearance, the pieces are almost lifelike in form and scale as if drawn with a pen. You can see over 50 different pieces by the artist on her website. Not shy about her process or methods, she also offers wire sculpting workshops.

 

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Swallow study.

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Egret, 48cm tall. Steel wire and telephone cabling. / Peacock, 110cm Tall. Steel bar, copper wires and telephone cabling.

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Mumeration of Starlings. Installation of 60 wire birds dimensions variable. Paper coated telephone wires and steel wire.

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Lapwings. 30cm high. Copper wire and telephone cabling.

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Swirling Lapwings. 1.5m X 1.5m steel wire and telephone cabling.

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Starling Wreath. 100cm diameter. Paper coated telephone wires and steel wire.