Tuesday, 2 August 2011

Big Art in Kirkcudbright - the final product.

Well that's the sculpture symposium over for another year and the sculptors have all gone home. Well almost - Andy Breen who started later than everyone else due to having to be elsewhere is still carving away with gusto round at Greengate and Peter Dowden stayed on a couple of days to take part in the Arts and Crafts trail (I'm going to give them a mention in the last blog for that). I'm going to leave you here with just a few pictures of the finished sculptures that are on display down at the harbour.

Eldon Guay's piece

Some of its curves are nicely rounded and to me the feel very tactile.

Ali Thompson's piece - surprisingly volumptuous for a lump of sandstone.

Martha Quinn's work here has been fascinating ever since she found that first knot in her rock.

Chris Ward's piece has reminded me of a lump of flint from fairly early on in the symposium - just the way the inside seems so different from the outside surface. There are some dark lines in the rock which seem as if they are running from the tartan side.

Nigel Mullan's piece reflecting local cup and ring markings but in a very different way. Funny that he should have started out with a wee clay model for it all looks as if it has a kind of pottery shape to me.

Alan Ward put in some long hours to get this done to his satisfaction and all done without power tools. Chris came and helped him after she had finished her one.

It's worth a closer look at the face.

Michelle de Bruin's lettering has been exquisite from the start. This picture was taken just after she had washed off all the lines.

As it dried it looked as if it had fallen under the shadow of a tree.


Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Sure glad I did not have to choose a winner. Thanks for showing us this.

Chip "Rocket Man" Allen said...

I especially like all those knots but y question is wheat becomes of the sculptures after all is said and done?

Crafty Green Poet said...

what a lovely selection of sculptures, the mouse is my favourite, what a character!

Sandy's witterings said...

Sinbad and I - I must say, I'm quite glad not to have to choose as well - I suppose the lack of it being a competition keeps everybody nice and friendly too.

Chip - there in lies a question. As yet only one of last years has a home. Getting planning permission to put things places these days is not easy - I live in hope as the town now has a good selection. Michelle's lettering would find a natural home round near the Museum (where she found the inspiration for the words) - this would be a good place for them all as there is a reasonable sized grassy area around it which is mostly unknown and unused and would make a perfect sculpture garden (probably belongs to the town anyway).

The mouse is good Juliet - I'm going to decline to say which is my favorite here.

The Glebe Blog said...

Nicely concluded Sandy.
I guess you'll be going offshore again soon now.

Sandy's witterings said...

That's so Jim, I'm at the airport in foggy Aberdeen as I type.

ruthie said...

I have to say Sandy, i love Ali Thompsons piece, the contrasts are great, but I couldn't choose either. I so hope they are given prominent places in the town.

Tom Allan said...

Great photos once more, Sandy - and I hope you have one of the sculpture I worked very hard to finish in two and a half days!
Though I agree that the others are better, of course.

Shundo said...

Great to see all these finished. Somehow the one with the knots feels like it could be a huge biscuit. The tartan lines are a marvelous idea.

Becky said...

Okay, I want to come and follow all the trails now. What time of year should I come to see most of them?