SCULPTURES ON THE CLIFFS 2015

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An old woman sits – seemingly peaceful – and sleeps on the remainders of the vertebrae of a southern right whale.  I weigh up and question the adjective “peacefully”.  When she, Ouma Sarah, as an old lady, reflects upon the world, can she feel serene?  Does she wonder and reflect on how she and her peers have managed to cause the degeneration of the planet?  Does she care about the legacy she has left behind?  Ouma Sarah, with layers of knowledge and experience like the growth rings of a tree:  was your life egocentric or soul-centric?  Did you care for mother earth?  Why are we all where we are now?  The book lying on her bench is open at the following poem:

It’s 3:23 in the morning and I’m awake because my great great grandchildren won’t let me sleep my great great grandchildren ask me in dreams what did you do when the planet was plundered?  what did you do when the earth was unraveling?  surely you did something when the seasons started failing? as the mammals, reptiles, birds were all dying?  Did you fill the streets with protest when democracy was stolen?  what did you do once you knew?…  – Drew Dellinger, “Hieroglyphic Stairway”

A single solidly cast dove perches on the bench; gazing at Ouma Sarah.  The dove in bronze/gold colour is symbolic of the spirit, illumination, and the sun.  The colour rendering of the dove alludes to the fact that this is a constant solid truth, while the transparency of the rest of the work symbolizes the fleeting nature of humanity.  Ouma Sarah’s head and hands are a similar colour, as some thoughts and works of man can approach the permanence of truth…

Sculptures Title:  Seemingly Peaceful 2 – Sculptures on the Cliffs, Hermanus Fynarts 2015|  Sculptures Edition No: 1 of 1|  Date of Release:  06| 2015|  Sculptures Materials:  GKD Mesh, 316 Stainless Steel, Alluminium, Bronze and Cement|  Sculptures Size:  Height 130cm, Width 300cm, Depth 160cm|

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