Winners of The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award 2013, Davy & Kristin McGuire are multidisciplinary artists whose work has included The Icebook and an atmospheric stage adaptation of popular fantasy novel, Howl’s Moving Castle. Their latest award winning theatre production The Paper Architect premiered in July 2013 at the Barbican London.
The McGuire’s critically acclaimed theatrical projects have been invited to tour to more than 13 different countries over 3 continents.
The Hunter is an intricate paper diorama that comes to life through projected animations, music and sound effects. When the intricately cut paper model illuminates, tiny shadow figures seem to appear behind the diorama in order to depict a silent fable about the cruelty of human conduct and the ability to repent our actions.
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Rob Higgs is a mechanical sculptor, automata maker and inventor. He designs and makes mechanical sculptures, contraptions and eccentric machines, largely using found materials such as; old gears, wheels, chains and mechanical items found on old farmsteads, in boatyards and on scrapheaps.
He has exhibited world wide and has permanent exhibits at the Eden Project, Cornwall and the National Science Museum in London, as well as in numerous private collections and International galleries.
Weighing at more than three-quarters of a tonne, this incredible beauty of 382 moving parts including gears, pulleys, levers, spring and bells that stands at 1.6m (5ft 3in) tall at its highest point, is cast from brass and is a glorious sight to behold when set in ponderous, whirring, clanking motion.
You only need to see the true delight on Derren Brown and Stephen Fry’s faces to really appreciate just how much exceptional this unique piece of art is.
The collection is a contemporary response to the traditionally sculpted figurative statues and busts of the 18th and 19th centuries, but rather than sculpting in clay or stone, the busts are made by direct casting from real things.
To construct the original sculpture from which the plaster casts are taken, the first step is to ‘collage’ together all kinds of materials and found objects – fabrics, haberdashery, model buildings and vehicles, plastic packaging, corrugated card, paper, electrical and plumbing parts and much else. The plaster casts made from these originals pick up an amazing amount of texture and detail giving the sculptures a strange air of realism.
The idea of placing architectural monuments, iconic landmarks and random objects on the headdresses was inspired by the intriguing 18th century fad of decorating hats with very large scale, incongruous objects – famously Marie Antoinette adorned a hat with a huge ship in full sail.
The references and objects chosen are quite diverse but are linked by Dalwood’s perception of forms as extremely sculptural in nature – whether an architectural structure, a bulldozer, a jet fighter or a book or the extreme three-dimensional headgear and costumes designed by the likes of Junya Watanabe or Alexander McQueen.