The Kiss

1992
Stainless steel
x 600 x cm
Edition of 6

Driven by an electric motor, two curving poles revolve, and at the same time produce two sorts of movement visually: the rotation of the poles themselves and the changing, swaying appearance of the space between them. This apparently fluid motion was taken from kelp moving with the ebb and flow of waves and tide. George Cutts is an enthusiastic underwater diver, and uses his observations of constant change within the world beneath the surface of the sea in his sculpture.The concept of The Kiss is deceptively simple, and it is ironic that such a highly engineered material as stainless steel should be used in the creation of something entirely organic. The piece is anchored to the ground with a block of marble (which in fact contains the motor), and the rippling colours of the stone seem to reinforce the theme of the sculpture. The Kiss occurs once every ten minutes when the rotating poles touch.

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About The Artist

George Cutts creates monumental static and kinetic sculpture. He initially begins his process by wrapping stainless steel with carved stone, which he perceives as opposing materials with an incredibly diverse interplay of textures. Throughout his career Cutts has been fascinated with moving elements, which invevitably led him to make mobile structures. These kinetic works implement wind, water, light, fibre optics and motors. For Cutts inspiration always derives from movement and the landscape, whether that is plant growth, light, water or any other natural motion.

George Cutts

Born: 1938

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