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Mechanomorphic Figure (Sculpture)

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posted on 2020-07-27, 15:48 authored by John AtkinJohn Atkin

Title of sculpture, Mechanomorphic Figure Invitation-only international sculpture exhibition Large-scale outdoor sculpture in bronze Seoul: South Korea September to December 2016 – present day Acquired by Daemyung Leisure Industry Co. South Korea permanent art collection

Mechanomorphic Figure is a large-scale bronze sculpture commissioned for an international sculpture exhibition in Sono-

Felice, South Korea. This invitation only exhibition selected by Prof. Kim Hyuk-Soo, Dankook University Industry-Academic

Cooperation Center (International Ceramic Culture Exchange Center), and Jury representatives from, International Ceramic

Culture Exchange Center: Ceramics Monthly: Korean Ceramics Society: Asian Sculpture Research Group, was part of a

permanent group exhibition at Daemyung Leisure Industry Co. South Korea.

The exhibition consisted of 6 international sculptors and 7 international ceramic artists took place between August 16, 2016

to December 15, 2016, and then transferred to the permanent collection of Daemyung Leisure Industry .

The aim of this permanent exhibition in Sono Felice, was to deploy landmark artworks to create a novel tourist destination

within an existing high-profile leisure resort, thereby adding to the financial and cultural assets of this recreation industry.

My research involved exploring the industrial & agricultural heritage of the Sono Felice region and examine ways that

imagery and machine artefacts from this region could be used within the formal configuration of my 3-ton sculpture. My

concept revolved around bringing the past to life within the design of a contemporary landmark artwork.

I achieved this through developing a small-scale model, CAD, and drawings, which incorporated machine parts associated

with vintage agricultural machinery, simultaneously resonant of a combined human and machine form.

Next, I worked with 3D pattern-makers in Seoul to develop the up-scaled styrene shapes based on my scale-model, which

were used as moulds for the bronze-casting phase of the project. Each section of the styrene mould-making had to be

carefully carved and assembled into a 16 feet tall facsimile of the proposed sculpture. It was then disassembled and

processed into bronze castings. These separate bronze casting were then assembled, welded, and eventually patinated to

a desired colour to compliment the designated site and surroundings in Sono Felice.


Daemyung Leisure Industry Co. South Korea



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