Saturday, 19 April 2008

Art attack

Stefan's gallery - Reflection Art went live this evening. A full-scale commercial exhibit using the work the art camps have worked on over the past few seasons. Amazing.

Amazing too, to find that one of Stefan's class-mates from Woodstock School - Chris Green - has a fascinating permanent exhibition in the US at a museum called the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. I am just including two shots of an absolutely remarkable set of animals from the show "Noah's Ark at the Skirball" that Chris has crafted.

Chris was responsible for making 46 life-sized animal sculptures and puppets. Each animal chosen is from an endangered or threatened species. Each animal sculpture is made largely out of recycled and reused materials - and includes some moveable part (like the bell that can be rung at the heart of the deer shown below). You can take a peek at the other wonderful beasts by clicking: here. On a small side note, Chris' India heritage shows a bit here as that is exactly the kind of bell my grandparents would use to summon the cook!

The sheer beauty of these animals just took me aback. Chris has married old 'junk' with sleek beauty to make what is both whimsical and awe-inspiring. The irony (and there is plenty of iron there too) of using cast-off materials from an industrial age to craft the animal refugees is clear. The rescue act of Noah and family finds resonance in 200 cultures according to Chris' website.


So much can be done - and yet we waste most of our time in the most stupid of pursuits...

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