J A M E S F U H R M A N
|British International Wood Sculpture Symposium|
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SITKA SPRUCE, 78 X 240 X 96"
1ST BRITISH INTERNATIONAL WOOD SCULPTURE SYMPOSIUM
18 - 25 September 2002
BLAIR ATHOLL CASTLE, SCOTLAND
was a part of TreefestScotland 2000 and was partially sponsored by Blair Castle,
Blair Atholl, Scotland, Arboretum International, The Forestry Service, based
in Perth, Scotland, Perthshire and the EU. The sponsors provided materials,
tools and equipment required to create the works in addition to room and board
and transportation within Scotland and a small honorarium for the artists.
Artists worked during the day and then gathered in the evening for meals and discussions of their work and wider issues concerning artists in the contemporary world.
The overall form was shortened and widened to take on the broad-based asymmetrical trapezoid shape of the surrounding hills and mountains. The forms of the top were used to emphasize the mountains' shapes.
discussion with some local residents, the (approximate) locations of the sunrise
and sunset at the Winter Solstice were determined. Siting the central element
directly to the south, the left plane is directed toward the Solstice sunrise
the right plane to the Solstice sunset (which is particularly early as the
sun sets into a mountain side). The work symbolically and allegorically embraces
and captures the sun for the shortest of winter days.
The wood --its changing patterns and irregularity-- suggests a sense of living in its exposed grain and texture by providing a sense of growing and naturalness across time. The physical strength of wood comes from its organic, living existence.
This installation employs a contemporary interpretation of ancient forms to create a structure and space that evokes a sense of calm, peaceful strength, of quiet stillness using the natural texture, weight and solidity of unfinished wood and the forms of the surrounding landscape.
27 September 2002