It`s a jungle out there and Jane`s work is a symbiotic landscape from shiny public art pieces to plasticine trees. Jane`s currently working on the plans to make a carbon fibre 16 person seesaw and a merry go round so stupendous that it will make one of her life ambitions come true.
Sculpture: 'Boardroom Table/8 Person See Saw (Modern Kinetic statue)' by Jane Clarke
Kinetic Furniture Nine foot long interactive sculpture. A polished boardroom table pivots on four, empty oil barrels. 4 office chairs face another 4 across the table top. they are in various states, some smart others not.
Standing in the Mall Galleries during summer recess with eight and ten year olds running around on a `Haribo High`, with pop beats pounding out, their reception to their private view was playful, fun and enjoyable. Their exuberance had altered the sanctity of the gallery and the gallery frame had become humanised. With this in mind I decided to explore the concept of the audience`s need for a comfort zone. Unable to find true safety we create an illusion based on our childhood memories of nurture, happiness and gratification. I wanted to develop a relationship with my audience, creating a `buzz`, a must have, by making an executive playground, thus congratulating the audience and myself for being western middle class. Playgrounds are a safe environment where we can play `lets pretend` with a `safe` element of danger. I have decided that no matter how dark the subject I am considering I will treat it in a deceptively light and flippant manner. I want to lull you into a receptive comfort zone, and then unbalance you. Have you ever been in a meeting where you are swinging your chair backwards and forwards, frustrated or bored with the agenda? The seesaw will mean everyone will be working together, if any of your colleagues are not connected with the sway of the meeting then the seesaw won`t rock with the work. the other connotation is that the movement of the sculpture would be likened to cogs turning, and the thought process being physical and flowing. In balance with your partners, as the movement should only come about with everyone co-operating and playing together. An investigation into team building and balance.
3 x 2.4 x 1 m (height x width x depth)
approx: 9 ft 10 1/9 in x 7 ft 10 1/2 in x 3 ft 3 1/3 in
Boardroom Table/8 Person See Saw (Modern Kinetic statue)
polished & textured
Indoors only (finish and/or material and/or size may be unsuitable for the garden)
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