Entries tagged with ‘Nature’

Set within a wooded glade Exotic Tree creates an illusory sense of the fantastical or mysterious. Tiny, silhouetted figures are just visible within the boughs of the three-metre tall steel form. Part …

Icarus Palm is constructed from two tonnes of rubber tyres that have been torn and manipulated apart to form the figurative representation of a palm tree. The title Icarus Palm leads us directly back …

Rodney Bender's work The Return plays with optical illusions and is suggestive of the journey of life. The pearlescent flat panes of the kilolux which adorn one side of this sculpture reflect a distor…

Field of Rods is formed from a series of highly polished, steel rods anchored to a fixed base. Resembling sheaves of wheat, the delicate rods sway in the wind, making a faint musical sound as they kno…

2008

Stem

Stem is an example of O’Connell’s respect for untamed nature. For O’Connell, a society’s relationship to nature is synonymous with its cultural values. A society that clips its gardens is one that val…

Squareball is Inspired by a Japanese farmers’ attempts to grow cube–shaped watermelons for efficient packing. The Japanese farmers attempted to manipulate nature, in order to accommodate modern indust…

The sculpture Polar Bear forms the closest links to traditional definitions of biomorphism. It slips back and forth from subjectivity to objectivity, and from abstraction to figuration. Its abstract f…

2008

Loop

O’Connell’s work is often informed by the austerity of minimalism as well as the uncomplicated shapes of ring forts from her native Ireland. Loop draws upon the simplicity and scale of these forms to …

Curve to Point is a work that plays with historical and contemporary notions of formalism. The notions of opposition and consolidation are central to Curve to Point. It is an object that vacillates be…

Conetwirl is part of O'Connell's series Biomorphia. This was the most complex of all of the works produced for this series of works, whose title calls attention to the geometric construction, subverte…

2008

Vein

Tall and elegant, each one of Tim Morgan's Veins are constructed from glass rods, held in compression between two steel blades. By binding a stack of rods to create a whole, Morgan creates a unique an…

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 …

Untitled is made from two parallel stone segments. Each stone mirrors the other, separated by a chiasmic void—a Grand Canyon in miniature. This sculpture crosses the line between the aesthetic and the…

The immersive sculptural installations by David Brooks explore different perceptions and interactions with nature. As part of the Cass Sculpture Foundation’s Fields Programme, Brooks created Picnic Gr…