Unique Bronze

710mm tall

2019

AVAILABLE_NZ $16,500

Swallow Return

Birds are ferociously true to their needs. Millions of years of natural selection have given each species its own distinctive and instinctive behaviour. They have remarkable insights to offer us if we have the patience to be still and observe. Their survival is indeed the tenuous art of deception, opportunism and daring, and it is within these flickering moments that I wish to capture a sculptural encounter. From one splinter to the next, the pieces should flow, twist and capture that elusive animal of the imagination.

ACTAEON

In many ways man’s relationship with his wild self is tenuous. In this ancient Greek myth, man is too arrogant, and so the hunter becomes the hunted in this series of sculptures. For his transgression of hubris, he is cursed and transfigured by Artemis (goddess of the hunt, forest and archery) into a stag. Never before has our plundering of the Earth’s forests and animals been so apparent, what fitting punishment awaits us?

Actaeon Archer

Series of 8, Steel

3200 x 13200 x 500mm 

2018

AVAILABLE_NZ $35,000

Actaeon Transfigure

Series of 8, Steel

1600 x 1400 x 800mm 

2018

AVAILABLE_NZ $35,000

Series of 8, Steel

2400 x 2400 x 1200mm 

2018

AVAILABLE_NZ $35,000

Actaeon Stag

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© 2019 SIMON MAX BANNISTER