Thoughts on a Wing, Part I
In both ancient and contemporary sculpture, the wing is the archetypal form which best embodies associations with parallel worlds: with the elements, the senses, with the gods, with heaven and hell, and with life and death. The wing is the one magical attribute which symbolises a transcendence of the human spirit into other realms.
In this new project, I’m looking forward to combining together a process of both ancient and innovative casting techniques; playing with scale and visual planes to produce a new, monumental work in bronze. The 16ft high piece will be sited in the landscape, pointing skywards, as part of a newly constructed ‘chambered cairn’ feature; designed and placed in perfect alignment for observing the vista.
This project will be facilitated by a collaboration between my traditional studio-foundry and Falmouth University’s state-of-the-art production lab. I’ll work directly with natural materials to create a 3ft high maquette, followed by a high-tech process of 3D scanning and computer-aided milling to realise the scaled-up wing. Finally, I’ll redress the surface of the resulting ‘high-geometry’ form, make the mould, and single-handedly cast the piece in bronze poured directly from the crucible.
The aim is to start a new conversation which brings to light not only the rich, symbolic language of the wing in our visual culture, but also the vibrant material nature of bronze itself.
Wing I is a work currently in the concept development stages, which is also to be released as a special edition.