Unseen Forces is a new summer sculpture exhibition at Borde Hill Garden of works by David Watkinson. The Exhibition is based on the unseen forces of nature and the wonders of evolution.
David takes his inspiration from the natural world, and in his sculpture he endeavours to point to the relationship between physics and the physical; seeds are flying, molecules are floating, rain is falling, the earth is spinning. His Kinetic Sculpture may be delicately balanced on precision bearings, where small air currents cause large forms to tip and move in reaction, carving a path through space before returning to a balanced position. The large organic forms are a more direct homage to Mother Nature and the simplicity and wonder of evolution.
David Watkinson says “My sculpture is about form and movement, whether actual movement through space or implied. The natural world inspires the form of my work and the unseen forces of nature dictate its movement. I am fascinated by the harmony between the laws of physics and all life on Earth. Take the wind for example; it is caused by the heat from the Sun, the gravitational pull of the Moon and the rotation of the planet. This results in a constant input of energy, causing a dynamic moving atmosphere and turbulent air currents. Life has evolved to work with this movement, feathers evolve for flight, roots reach down for stability, tiny seeds take on forms which can be carried by the wind. In nature, form and shape are a reaction to the laws of physics and life’s ‘determination’ to survive. The planet is a fantastically complicated interwoven system of action and reaction which often manifests itself in breathtaking beauty”.
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Published 2nd May 2013
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