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"My art is place specific and people specific." George Wyllie


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THE SPIRE

THE 'SPIRE' IS DESIGNED TO CELEBRATE THE PLACE ON WHICH IT STANDS. BEYOND

THAT, ITS IMPORTANCE IS OF NO IMPORTANCE. IT CAN DEFINE ANY SPACE OR

PRESENCE TAKEN FOR GRANTED AND SIGNIFY THEM IMPORTANT. IT IS A

SCULPTURE OF MAN-MADE AND NATURAL MATERIALS, GIVEN FREE MOVEMENT BY

GRAVITY IN BALANCE WITH THE AIR WHICH SURROUNDS IT. LIKE A SAILING SHIP

OR A FLAG, IT IS IN SIMPLE RHYTHM WITH NATURE. IN FLEXIBLE EQUILIBRIUM IT

TOLERATES ALL CAUSES AND ASSERTS ONLY ONE. WITHOUT COMPLICATIONS, IT

FREELY COMPROMISES ITSELF TO PRAISE THE PLANET.

air

 

stone

 

equilibrium

 

understanding

THE SIMPLICITY OF THE 'SPIRE' IS ESSENTIAL. ITS AESTHETICS AND MECHANISMS

ARE STRIPPED TO DEMONSTRATE A CURB ON OUR UNDOUBTED HUMAN CAPACITY

FOR INVENTION WHICH MUST NOT OBSCURE THE GREATER WONDER OF THE

STONE, WHICH CONTAINS ITS OWN INVENTION. SCIENCE AND NATURE ARE

BALANCED WITHIN THE SCULPTURE, FUNDAMENTALLY ADDRESSING NOTIONS AND

SYSTEMS WHICH DESTROY THAT BALANCE. THE PLANET PLAYS ITS EXTERNAL PART

IN ENERGISING ITS LIFE.

 

The Spire was conceived for A Day Down a Goldmine at the Third Eye in 1982 and later that year was re-built in the woods at

George Rickey's Hand Hollow Foundation at East Chatham, New York State, USA. It was truly a 'born again' art experience,

and formative in extending my work beyond the Gallery.

George Wyllie, 1991

Scul?ture Jubilee, 1966-1991 (Third Eye)

Spires


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