2003
Coloured stainless steel
141 x 600 x 95 cm
Edition of 9

Based on the shape of the human spine this sculpture forms a tribute to Diane Maclean's late father, a surgeon and medical artist. It is a typical example of this artist's love of mixing organic and man-made themes, where the method of construction forms an integral feature of the work. The colours of Spine are produced on its stainless steel surface through a complex chemical process in which each sheet is dipped into tanks of oxide. This adheres itself to the metal in varying degrees of thickness, according to the quantity of oxide that is used. When natural light falls upon the surface, a rich colour spectrum is revealed. The appearance of the sculpture changes with the time of day, season and weather, as well as the shadows that are reflected upon it. Spine's iridescent colours echo the intense tones seen in the natural world, allowing the sculpture to become visually softened, natural and beautiful.

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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.

Diane Maclean

Born: 1939

Other Artworks by Diane Maclean at CASS

1999

Encampment

Tents or tepees are the homes of the nomad. Like any encampment these six tent–like forms are placed in a circle, both f…

2010

Open Book

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