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“Water Spirits” Fountain

“Ancient Mariner” series

A series of sculptures inspired by and loosely based on Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem of 1797, “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner”.

I have always been enthralled by the spirit and epic scope of this great romantic poem. Rather than any attempt to literally illustrate Coleridge’s fantastic and enduring visual imagery, I decided to make sculptures based on a more contemporary approach. Whilst relating to the story, the works also inhabit an independent space, forming a sense of their own identity. (There are now eleven sculptures in the series).

More than two hundred years after the poem’s conception, the central issues embodied in the poem can still be paralleled with issues we face today, both on a worldwide sociological and psychological level. The modern reader remains as compelled to hear the mariner’s story as he was compelled to relate it, during the aftermath of his trials and tribulations.

A modern interpretation of the poem suggests that the human race will have to pay an even bigger price for violating the laws of nature, as society becomes increasingly materialist and humans more rapacious. It is the distinct transitional psychological phases, within the framework of the poem, that resonate all too clearly with a contemporary audience. Indeed, the “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” follows its protagonist on his epic life voyage tracing his arbitrary act of destruction and its harsh repercussions to his ultimate rescue and shrive. The narrative reflects the journey of the psyche from youth, coming through to compassionate maturity and wisdom.

As said above, the sculptures can be seen in sequence or stand alone as separate original entities.

“Spirits of the Air”

Bronze (Private collection, Brittany, France)
H. 260 cm No 1 of edition of 9.

Angelic Spirits intervene and impart to the Mariner a regenerative force whilst guiding the ship towards port at phenomenal speed. In the sculpture, the female figures lightly dance on the emaciated torso of the Mariner who has just come out of his trance. A partially elliptical form is created as the female spirits gently launch and guide an albatross.

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“Spirits of the Air”
“Spirits of the Air”

“Spirits of the Air”

(Maquette) Bronze H.50 X 45 X 20 cm Edition of 9

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“Spirits of the Air”

“Spirits of the Air”

“Spirits of the Air”

(Maquette) Silver bronze H.50 X 45 x 20 cm Edition of 9

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“Spirits of the Air”

“Spirits of the Air”.

“False Flight”

(Maquette) Bronze H. 27 cm. Edition of 9

Hollow and sleek, the well toned male torso could almost fly, indicating a wanton machismo. In the large version an internal video screen is displaying images of precision and disaster.

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“Spirits of the Air”

“Spirits of the Air”.

“Out of the Storm”

(Maquette) Plaster H. 22 cm

The torso supported by lightning strikes has now morphed to an extreme extension reflecting a climactic point. The transition is effected in the narrative as the spell breaks and the rain falls.

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“Out of the Storm”.

"Water Spirits" Maquette for Fountain

Bronze H. 50 cm Edition of 9

The ship was driven north to the equator by the mysterious Polar Spirit and his fellow demons who all ask for penance. This gave me the idea of an underwater “Three Graces”. One figure glides underwater, another is thrusting forward, the third languidly about to thrust, with heads touching . A close knit feminine group in a projectile shape with the suggestion of a propeller thrust at the base.

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“Water Spirits” Fountain

“Water Spirits” Fountain

"Water Spirits" Fountain

Alubronze H. 260 cm
Clay figures (for alubronze) 180 cm and 190 cm

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“Spirits of the Air”

“Universal Flight – A Missile of Love”

Bronze H. 45 cm (excluding base) Edition of 9

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“Universal Flight – A Missile of Love”

“Universal Flight – A Missile of Love”

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