Marriage

2009
Stainless steel, Mild steel
230 x 175 x 80 cm
Edition of 1

Marriage is closely related to its sister piece, Cathedral (2000). Like Cathedral, the geometry of Marriage references the traditional architectural form of the Christian church and/or cathedral. This is made all the more poignant given the religious connotations suggested through the title of the piece, a title that also makes reference to the two identical forms that comprise this work. In-keeping with Ward's sculptural oeuvre, which frequently places emphasis on the surface quality of materials, one half of Marriage is fabricated from highly reflective and polished stainless steel. The second half, produced from mild steel, is strategically placed behind the stainless steel "frontispiece" where it is intended to rust slowly thereby standing in stark contrast. As such, the rusted mild steel appears as a shadow of its stainless steel counterpart. However, unlike shadows cast by the sun, the mild steel half of Marriage is unchangeable in comparison to its mutable stainless steel equivalent that literally reflects the changing nuances of its surroundings.

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Rob Ward

Born: 1949

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