About the Artwork
The sculptures exhibited are part of an ongoing series based on the stars and constellations called ‘The Star Series’.
Found and fabricated parts are transformed into new configurations. They are not ‘illustrations’ but draw on mythology, astronomy and astrology across many ages and traditions.
‘Centaurus’ The constellation probably refers to the ‘good centaur Chiron, the healer’. The sculpture went through many stages before its conclusion; the stone was found on the property at Nether Farm, where the artist lives, and the heavy solid steel came from a factory in Sheffield. Combined they produce a totemic image of considerable primitive power and ‘animism’.
‘Camelopardalis’ (The Giraffe) Refers to the Camelopardalis constellation, the sculpture’s placement in the city will draw the eye upwards beyond the surrounding architecture, symbolically linking earth to the heavens. The addition of the long ‘neck’ form gets to the essence of the idea and seems to defy gravity.
Copyright the artist; Courtesy of the artist, photography by Robert Teed Photo © Nick Turpin
280 x 120 x 50 cm, 337 x 107 x 90 cm