Le Harlequin originally started off as an exercise, to see if I could create a sculpture with mostly "primitive parts", ones lacking in "aesthetic appeal". For example, the backdrop to the juxtaposition of objects at the top is the head of a shovel, and the base of this sculpture is an old funnel. Independently, each object is not particularly special or interesting. The design goal became to use nondescript somewhat boring pieces to see what the collective result might become. In this sense, it was a departure from my previous work where I would use aesthetically pleasing objects as a starting point.
So, what were the conclusions from this exercise? They are listed below.
* When nondescript objects are used within a sculpture:
- Form and the juxtaposition of form become much more important to the overall composition.
- The collective result takes on much greater importance because the beauty of one or the other object can no longer be the focal point of attention.
- The range of objects available for use becomes much larger, because the "beauty" criteria that was in play before goes away. In this sense, the sculpture becomes more "free". At the same time, this greater degree of freedom presents its own set of challenges during the design process.
- All of these factors combined makes a successful result more difficult to achieve.
- head of shovel
- cheese graters
- door lock
- door hinges
- wine tasting cup
- water hose nozzle
- door knob
- pulley hook
Height: 121 centimeters
Diameter at Base: 35 centimeters