In collaboration with and supported by the Black Swan Arts Centre, a simple, online entry process was accessible from 1 April to 18 May. To learn more about the project and how to enter, a Launch event was held at Somerset Earth Science Centre, with slide shows, talks and a chance to meet some of the step in stone artists and experts at the centre. Young people, local art teachers and press attended.
Designs needed to link to the project’s theme and the challenge for the winner was to create her sculpture in a day, with our help!
‘Design an outdoor sculpture that can be created in a day!’
- You are being asked to create a design idea for a sculpture, not the real thing
- The design could be for a series of small sculptural pieces or one larger piece (maximum size 2.5 metres)
- You can use any media to create your design. You could even make a maquette (mini version of your sculpture) as long as it is smaller than A3 (420 x 297mm) in any dimension
- Try to think of new, challenging ideas and approaches
- You could annotate your design to illustrate what materials might be used and the scale of the proposed work
- Materials need to be durable in all weathers, inexpensive or free
- the theme for your design is quarries
Possible materials to consider for your proposed sculpture:
found stone, scrap metal (eg: steel components like old tools, springs, horseshoes, machine parts) wire, found/recycled natural or man-made objects, wood, twine, string, wool, netting, paint, plastic.
Possible techniques for securing work:
wire, screws, drilled holes with bolts, string, glue gun, staples, nails, rivets
Entrants must be under 20 years old on 1st of April ’15
To find out more about our project and the quarry theme, visit our About page , but here are a few ideas for you to explore:
- dramatic beauty and magnificence of quarries
- nature taking over the disused quarries; environmental concerns
- rock strata, fossils, geology
- quarries as a taboo subject and the controversy that surrounds them
- as recreational spaces for locals who have ‘ownership’ (walkers, ramblers, bikers)
- the industry and history of working quarries, materials, equipment, human demand, consumption
- stories and facts about quarries including: “We use 5 tonnes p.p.per year of stone (eg elephant)”; “10% of limestone goes into plastic”