Friday, August 17, 2012
Giant Crumpled Paper Drops From The Sky, Lands On Hill In New Zealand
...as you can see from these two-dimensional photographs of the three-dimensional sculpture that looks like a two-dimensional cartoon sitting on a three-dimensional hill — STOP!!! My head hurts.
Here's an artwork that fools with my brain and makes me think that what I see — or think I see — is a curious mix of expectation, distance, chance and brain circuitry. And, in this case, delight.
Neil Dawson, the sculptor, likes to work big. This one, called "Horizons" is 118 feet long, four stories high, and it sits in a private art park (the public is invited, but you have to make an appointment) owned by a New Zealand millionaire who commissioned this piece (and 21 others from different artists), then added sheep (we are in New Zealand, after all), plus a few giraffes, zebras, water buffalo and yaks to give the place a little biological variety. I first saw it in a new collection of artistic illusions compiled by Brad Honeycutt and Terry Stickels called The Art of the Illusion, Deceptions to Challenge the Eye and Mind.