I can pinpoint the precise moment I totally fell in love with sculpture as an art form. It was in1993 and I was watching Off the Wall, a BBC TV programme about a group of residents from the Byker Estate in Newcastle curating an art exhibition on the estate, with works borrowed from British art institutions.
There was a scene in which an enormous bronze mask by Igor Mitoraj was being driven across the Tyne Bridge on the back of a truck. The sheer absurdity of the image so impressed me, I had to go and see the sculpture (Tsuki No Hikari II), at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
Since then I’ve visited as many sculpture exhibitions and installations as I could. Last year I volunteered at NZ Sculpture onShore, New Zealand’s pre-eminent biennial sculpture exhibition and a major fund-raiser for Women’s Refuge in New Zealand.
It was at Sculpture onShore that I first saw Ramon Robertson’s The Weathermen. Clever, whimisical and quite haunting, they are currently on show at the Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens. In a strange way they remind me of Tsuki No Hikari II, and are a fitting way to illustrate this post. I’m grateful to my wonderfully talented partner for these photographs – they are so much better than the ones I took!
Thanks to Ailsa at Where’s My Backpack for her travel theme: sculpture.