Monday, May 17, 2010
Southwest China Sandstone
''Mu Wen Sha Yan''
''Wooden Wave Stone''
1m 10 Face
1m 40 Side
Private Collection Ireland
The carving of the sculpture 'WISE' came to me as a private commission. My client was quite sure as to what he wanted as a sculpture for his garden and my brief was to make a sculpture to represent something on the lines of the Easter Island heads in stone.
After viewing his gardens a site was chosen for the finished sculpture and I set about making a model to scale. The choice of stone was left to me and I chose a Sandstone from Yunnan Province in
This sandstone was suitable for outdoors due to it's hardness and the stone had a very distinctive grain in it that looked like wood and when wet it had a golden hue which my client liked because of his passion for trees and therefore I ordered the stone in December 2005 in two blocks. My reason for this was due to transport on the roads and lifting into site by crane. The two blocks arrived into Ireland in March 2006 by sea and I began to work. The blocks were carved separate and then doweled on site and finished. I allowed myself three months to make and deliver to site, a little too tight a deadline working on my own but work-work-work and it can be done. It was delivered and sited on the appointed time to my client's satisfaction.
My reason in naming the sculpture ''WISE'' was because of my client. I found him to be a wise and humble man and to this day he does not know the true reason as to why the sculpture is called 'WISE' but when I presented my working model to him and told him the title I said, because it looks 'WISE'. When an Artist finds a client who allows him to 'listen to the stone' and be the Artist he is