Final touches for the 16th Istanbul Biennial 2019
Unpacking Pinocchio and setting up Geppetto’s Giant Hands!
Gary’s portrait over life-size
This shackled rhinoceros is a reflection of the creature’s biggest threat to survival, that of mankind. The piece was influenced by Coleridge’s famous poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, a bizarre and unsettling narrative full of fantastical imagery and magic that in part questions the morality of man’s attitude towards animals. The poem tells us that all God’s creatures deserve mutual respect and here, The Ancient Herbivore represents a warning, inviting the viewer to question their own prejudices and presumptions. The saddle may be seen as a reference to one of the species closest living relatives, the horse. This animal however is without its rider; he is chained with the saddle on his head, and in a way turning our preconceptions of the animal on their head. Unlike the traditional almost-domesticated festival elephants often seen in chains, here those of The Ancient Herbivore symbolise its near extinction. The rhinoceros dates back to pre-historic times, roaming the earth for around 50 million years. Then they were woollier, and probably ironically without their horn, the very thing that nowadays is contribute to their near extinction. These magnificent land mammals, which have always played a critical part towards the ecosystem, have a tremendous impact on the structure of their environment.
The Ancient Herbivore along with two of our other sculptures are being shown in the Blackheath Gallery’s Autumn Exhibition 2015 and at The London Group 82nd Open Exhibition
Paul & Laura made a 4 metre (13ft) Crow Sculpture and Giant Eggs as part of two Art Installations for the National Trust’s Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal in Yorkshire. We supplied the Crow Sculpture and Giant Eggs to Gary McCann for his Art Installations at Fountains Abbey. The Follies of the water garden will be transformed from their original use between Saturday 25 April – Sunday 29 November this year for the first time.
The sculptures are in The Temple of Fame and Banqueting House.
Its funded by the Arts Council and here’s the link: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/folly