Aftermath of 9/11 commemorated in Botanic Garden sculpture

Posted by ap507 at Sep 02, 2014 03:40 PM |
A sculpture which marks the horrors of the 9/11 attacks is one of the many exceptional works on show at the University's annual Sculpture in the Garden exhibition
Aftermath of 9/11 commemorated in Botanic Garden sculpture

ROCKING LADY by ANGELA CONNER; Credit: credit is Steve Russell Studios Ltd

'Rocking Lady', a marble figure by sculptor Angela Conner at the University's Harold Martin Botanic Garden may seem at first like an image of tranquillity, but closer inspection reveals a subtle sense of despair and disruption as the sculpture was made to commemorate the 9/11 attacks.

She said: "This sculpture was made not for a commission, but as a personal response after the horrors of 9/11. It expresses feelings that are timeless. The woman’s arms hide her face in her need for both physical protection, and to try and find a state of grace in the horror of our own species killing itself.

“'Rocking Lady' was originally made as a conventional figure, however I felt this was not striking nor interesting enough, and cut the top surface right the way through, polishing the stone where the cut had been made.

“This created wonderful abstract shapes. The final development was to install a simple bearing set in an almost invisible perspex support. The form rocks gently whether the wind is harsh or soft.”

The work is one of 45 sculptures by 33 carefully selected, internationally-acclaimed artists on show at the 16-acre Harold Martin Botanic Garden until 26 October.

The show has been curated by acclaimed sculptors Helaine Blumenfeld and John Sydney Carter. It celebrates the legacy of the University's Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Robert Burgess, who retires at the end of this month after 15 years' service.

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