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