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Stephen Hart

Year of Award: 2014 Award State: Queensland Arts - Visual > Sculpture
To study in situ, historical and contemporary figurative sculpture which has revitalised civic space - USA, Spain, Germany, Poland, Switzerland, UK
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Revitalizing civic space means making public spaces more life-affirming for the people who use them. Sculpture, a tangible art, is one means of enlivening our civic spaces providing environments for more thoughtful reflection and aesthetic nourishment.

I am instinctively drawn to figurative sculpture, which implicitly expresses the human condition. My Fellow Humans project (2012 -13) consisted of realistic carvings of twenty ordinary people that together conveyed a sense of kindredness.

The Churchill travel enabled me to experience the abiding cultural fellowship inherent in the practice of figurative sculpture, observing the impact of history and technology on it across time and space. From Germany’s 15th century religious works in limewood to modern cast metal in Zurich and high-tech computerized LED-lit screens in Chicago, continuity in the sculptor’s quest was always discernible.

 

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