About the Artwork
|‘Stagnight’ was developed from a drawing residency in Grizedale Forest (Cumbria, UK) in 1984. The sculpture was inspired by strong black and white drawings of trees and shadows, where the light and shade of the drawings are transformed into the solid and void of the sculpture.
‘Stagnight’ is a play on words and references; while drawing, a huge stag watched the artist through the trees – the title also makes reference to the mayhem of a stag night! The upright forms are based on observation of carts and trailers for transporting tree trunks nearby in the forest.
This work has been shown in several settings – urban, rural, and architectural – and the different settings alter the nature of the work. This is not a big sculpture but has a presence beyond its size.
Michael Lyons, Stagnight, 1985, Kindly loaned by Michael Lyons. Photo: © Nick Turpin
Mild Steel, rusted and varnished
140 x 140 x 108 cm