2007 Kashiwanoha Campus ART Program
Spring

Spring

Primavera

Primavera

Prantemps

Prantemps

Kashiwanoha Campus Art Project

gSpringh, gPrimavelah, gPrintempsh

 

These sculptures are part of a series on the theme of elightf.

When you consider the world of diversity in all dynamic life it is the flashes of brilliance full of elightf that are most impressive. The sheer brilliance of a young bud, plant leaves drenched in morning dew, reflecting in each drop grains of light, the energy that made their life possible through photosynthesis.

In English espringf means the renewal of life after the long, dark winter, it also means ea point at which water issues forth from the earthf.  A spring bubbling up from the surface and flowing quietly deep in the forest, or tumbling downhill to the sea from a mountain top, contains the profound mystery of all living things and reflects its life giving partner, light, in its playful journey.

My sculpture "Spring" attempts to give tangible form to the partnership of water and light, and the delicate balance of life.The form of the sculpture looks like a plant, reaching to the sun for growth, and simultaneously conjures the shimmering fountain of life. "Spring" is placed to face people as they leave the building so that the stepped movement also indicates a journey.

 

"Primavera" is the Italian word for espringf. The word can be translated as efirst truthf.  The open form of this sculpture is made up of two sides reflecting the ambient light inside. Like a couple held together in mutually supportive tension to create and protect a new space between them."Primavera" is placed to face people as they enter the building to indicate a return home to family and hearth.

 

"Printemps" is the French word for espringf and can be translated as efirst timef. The three sculptures making up "Printemps" are all sections of a cylindrical form twisting into helical spring spiral movement.  Spirals of this kind are constants in organic growth.  Light is essential to articulate form (without it we cannot see colour or form).  Each piece explores a different way of celebrating this, and returning the compliment, by using form to articulate light; catching the light, reflecting it, or allowing it to shine through the translucent material. "Printemps" was designed to highlight the inner radiance of different rhythms and activities in the partitioned space indicating the wealth of life and activity in the building.

 

The series of sculptures are made of different types of marble to enhance the different interpretations of the theme. "Spring" is made of Cararra Bianco marble from Italy, known for its fine surface and strength. "Primavera" is made of Cararra Bianco marble from a different quarry in Cararra, which has a more organic warmth and dynamic pattern. "Printemps" is made of softer Balkan white marble from Macedonia.  The subtle striped colour is created from the different layers of organic sediment that settled millennia ago before turning to stone underground.  Now brought back into the light I have used the materialfs translucent quality to play with the enduring dance of light and life.

Kate Thomson

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