Alison Crowther is returning to FRESH AIR 2017, the biennial sculpture exhibition held at The Old Rectory in Quenington, Gloucestershire. Alison will be exhibiting Pod I & Pod II which were carved from an acacia tree that fell in The Old Rectory Garden. The recycled forms will be exhibited meters from where the tree originally stood.
The Fresh Air Sculpture Show runs from the 11th June – 2nd July.
Three of Alison’s sculptures from her scorched series will be on sale, alongside many other talented artists, at 33 Art Sale on Thursday 18th May, 18:00 – 21:00 at Bordean House, GU32 1EP.
33 Art Sale is a fundraising exhibition hosted by the Rural Refuge Network, who help Syrian refugees resettle into rural communities in Hampshire and Sussex. 33% of the sale price goes directly to the charity. The following three sculptures will be up for grabs!
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The design and texture for The Scale Tree have been approved by Visual Arts Projects and the Chinese client so we are ready to get started on the full size sculpture. The Scale Tree is going to be 5m high with a diameter of 1.5m. Hand carved from unseasoned English oak sourced from Leconfield Estate, 20mins from Alison Crowther Studio.
Once completed, The Scale Tree will sit vertically inside the entrance lobby of a building in Shenzhen Bay. Two smaller sculptures, titled Scale Tree II and Scale Tree III, will be placed at the opposite side the entrance lobby. Phil, Gareth and Guy have been preparing the pieces in the workshop ready to start carving.
We received the 6m oak log weighing over 10 tonne, from Leconfield Estate, for The Scale Tree at the workshop today!
Urban Art Projects are producing a couple of Alison’s designs to be placed at the Global Harbor Hyatt in Shanghai. Alison was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to fly out to Shanghai this week to see UAP’s set up and check on the fabrication process.
UAP collaborate with artists, designers and architects to produce public art works. They have some very exciting upcoming projects including work with the architecture firm Zaha Hadid and they were in the process of fabricating, Australian artist, Lindy Lee’s mesmerising, stainless steel sculptures while Alison was there.
Alison had the opportunity to work in Mr Xu’s wood workshop while in Shanghai, during which they were able to exchange knowledge and carving techniques. Mr Xu’s workshop is full of incredibly talented woodworkers producing heritage pieces for temples alongside contemporary art work. The trip to Shanghai has been inspiring and we’re very excited for the next stages in the project!
We will be back at the Fresh Air Sculpture Show in June 2017. The sculpture show is set in the stunning gardens at the Old Rectory, in Quenington. Earlier in the year, an acacia tree fell at the Old Rectory and we have recycled the tree to create two entirely new pieces for this year’s show. The resurrected forms will be exhibited meters from where the tree originally stood.
We had a lot of fun charring the sculptures which has created a beautiful, silvered, textured finish on the piece. You can see photos of the charring process below.
The Fresh Air Sculpture Show runs from the 11th June – 2nd July. All the artist’s work will be on sale from £50 – £50,000.
We are excited to be working with Urban Art Projects again, this time at Global Harbor Hyatt in Shanghai. Here is a sneak peak of some of the potential designs to be developed.
In 2011/2012 Urban Art Projects placed hand-crafted benches in Phoenix City, Beijing. Fabricated by UAP in China and designed by Alison Crowther.