Guangming District Culture and Arts Centre
The following sculptures I am honored to present for the new Guangming District Culture and Arts Centre. With each piece I consider the architecture, the shape of the space and the natural light, and develop forms that speak specifically to the place, have dynamic energy and form, and project strength, vision and beauty.
Phoenix Rising / Fenghuang
This sculpture is like the head and wings of a Phoenix rising from the water. The form is about rebirth, the power of change and transformation, and refers also to the legendary Phonenix. Fenghuang, an immortal bird whose rare appearance is said to be an omen foretelling harmony at the ascent to the throne of a new emperor. The fenghuang is often considered to signify both male and female elements, a yin-yang harmony; its name is a combination of the words feng representing the male aspect and huang the female. If seen, it is a sign of world peace. It is said that the song of the fenghuang is exceptionally beautiful and meaningful and that the animal has a special appreciation of human music.
Like a traveler through time and space, the starman is poised, balanced, at the end of converging lines. The lines indicate a journey, a path, a way through space. What journey is the starman on? He is on a journey of discovery, looking in. In the process of inward reflection the man in this sculpture is able to take the energy of what he has learned on going inward, and use it to propel himself forward. The energy that comes from looking within has empowered him to move forward now at an exponentially high rate of speed. The journey of this traveller represents the journey of the artist. Untapped potential becomes tapped and a source of strength, a source of vision, a way to move forward.
Velocity is about the motion of forms ascending upward, in a similar way the wing of a bird opens and the bird begins it’s ascent into the air. The form is about motion, speed and strength. The forms rise in an extended arc of fins that project in a harmonic and geometric pattern from the rounded base. The forms is striking and unique, and a evokes the idea of flight. The rise of each shape is full of energy and the symmetry speaks to balance and grace. It is geometric and elegant. It would be made of the highest quality stainless steel and have a honed finish, which will show the forms off in a beautiful and timeless way.
This sculpture is like a song spoken to my wife in her dream. The song is from her creator, who speaks her name. the most beautiful word ever heard.
The concept of this piece is rising in a spiral form, like a dancer, upwards toward the sky. The form spirals around a central invisible pillar, It is spontaneous feeling, quick and elegant. The rise is very dramatic, full of light and beautiful. The form evokes a wing being opened, or the energy of a dancer spinning, or the motion of a celestial being.
Pirouette & Velocity
These pieces work harmoniously in a pair. Dynamic and full of energy each in their own way, they draw on and speak to each other in a meaningful way.