Encampment

1999
Coloured stainless steel
295 x 130 x 130 cm
Edition of 3

Tents or tepees are the homes of the nomad. Like any encampment these six tent–like forms are placed in a circle, both for safety and aesthetic purposes. Their supporting stainless steel poles ensure that the metal ‘skins’ are held slightly above the ground, giving lightness to their form and the impression that their presence is temporary. Used as traditional accommodation for Indian or Bedouin tribesmen, for medieval knights preparing for battle, or as a site for peaceful protest, Encampment has connotations of community, tradition and of shared goals. Diane Maclean’s Encampment provides an encounter between nature and high technology, between organic and mineral materials, between the natural and man–made. The annealed brownish–purple finish reflects both the colour of the materials used for traditional Native American wigwams and the fires central to the camp. Encampment also has a strong presence in nature, its surfaces both reflecting and absorbing the surrounding environment.

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About The Artist

Diane Maclean makes large-scale work predominantly using stainless steel and light. Her works often draw on engineering expertise as she takes great pleasure in the challenge of new materials, which she uses in response to natural phenomena. The connection and juxtaposition between industry and nature is often the inspiration for many of her sculptures. Maclean was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1998. Maclean has received many public commissions, including Mountain, 2005–06, was commissioned for the Natural History Museum and is now sited at the University of Hertfordshire. In 2011, Maclean completed commissions for Essex County Council with the piece Shoots and was short–listed for the Gateway Project at Seabird Centre, North Berwick.

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Diane Maclean

Born: 1939

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