Monday, 9 August 2010

The City (working drawing)

For my City sculpture I made lots of preliminary sketches and working drawings along the way. In this one you can see some early workings out for the spiral staircase section and the small box structure that is covered in rusty old nails. This particular piece was inspired by certain types of minkisi, the totemic wooden figures used by people of the Congo region, where nails are driven into carved objects as part of ritualistic practices. And this influence can be more obviously seen in one of my later pieces, Nail Box.
The other part of the drawing that featured the box of teeth didn’t make it into the eventual sculpture – at least not in that form.

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