Is it Sculpture or is it Art?


The alternative title is “It looks so big in the workshop”. For those of you who have seen my previous posts you will know that I was invited to exhibit one of my works at the Canary Wharf Winter Lights festival which starts tomorrow (16th of January 2017) and runs for two weeks every evening.

For some time I have been playing with the concept of a Copper lily leaf below which hangs a lantern. The lantern is covered in an earlier post and contains 8 very clever flame lamps, in what has been described by others as a Steam Punk Style lantern – Who knew for the first time in my life I am on trend.

I was then asked at very short notice if I could produce 6 illuminated direction signs and a large Winter lights sign using their logo typeface in LED rope light. A pile of steel and wire has been transformed  into seven structures dotted around the estate, and installed on what has been the wettest most miserable weather day I can remember. But when you stand back and look you will forgive me the triumphant look. Its finished, the long days are over (until the next time).

As for my original structure its in, and if I say so myself it does look good, and whilst I know it stands over 5 mts tall I am sure it was bigger in the workshop.. The argument now is this art or is it sculpture? Is it better to describe oneself as an Artist or a Sculptor?

flame-canaryHere I am absolutely soaked with one of my illuminated signs and look up for the copper lily leaf and “Ball of fire”. Is it possible to be miserable and elated at the same time?

Thanks for reading


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1 Response to Is it Sculpture or is it Art?

  1. Max says:

    Really nice article!

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