Posts tagged with ‘public art’

Let the Bricks Speak

An Interview with Brad Spencer

Brad Spencer is a forerunner among the artists who explored the potential of creating brick sculptures in recent times. In fact he dedicated three decades of his life in perfecting his skills at this not–so–usual–art form. Due to the nature of the work, brick sculptures are particularly suited for public art projects. Many prominent landmarks of Reidsville, North Carolina, where the artist lives, and beyond are now adorned with Brad’s sculptural essays. The visual lyricism of his art is self evident.

Creating exquisite pieces of sculptures, including bas reliefs, of bricks is actually an age old process with an illustrious history dating back to 575 BC. The Ishtar Gate, reconstructed and preserved, is a proud possession of Pergamon Museum, Berlin. But many who visit the museum to observe this architectural marvel do not seem to recognise the fact that this monument, dedicated to goddess Ishtar, is made entirely of bricks. Numerous rows of golden lions, dragons, aurochs and floral motifs studding the gate are nothing but carved bricks sculpted out of the blocks of clay glazed in an ethereally azure tone. Babylonians were responsible for elevating brick sculptures to an art form. Artists and craftsmen of Babylon must have captivated Ishtar, the deity of love in Sumer and Babylon, with such an offering. Brick sculpture did not enjoy such exalted status after Babylon suffered cruel blows into the hands of time.

Design Interests

An Interview with Vanessa Harden

Vanessa Harden thinks deeply about the social and environmental concerns that plague our lives everyday and her designs, often merging the perceived distinction of art and science, try to resolve those issues on a physical plane. From seed pill to increase the greenery of the city to biodegradable tent to dynamic street light to reduce energy consumption every creative endeavour of Vanessa’s are proofs of such sensitivity towards planet earth presented with artistic aestheticism.

A master’s degree holder in Design Interactions from Royal College of Art, UK, 2009 Vanessa received many an accolade for her works in installation and concept design including the iF Concept Award in 2010.