Ever since Henry Moore personally funded Atkin`s period of study at the RCA in London, 1982 to 1985, Atkin has continued to develop his studio practice, which focuses on the relationship between drawing and sculpture. In recent years, an Award from the Rootstein Hopkins Foundation allowed Atkin the time away from academic responsibilities, at the School of the Arts, Loughborough University, where he is Reader in Fine Art, to concentrate on developing his long standing interest in collage, into a series of small and large scale digital prints th...
Sculpture: 'The Road Not taken (Big abstract Public Art sculpture)' by John Atkin
John Atkin was invited to make this sculpture for a new International Sculpture Park in Ordos, China on the invitation of the Ordos Municipal Government. The selectors decided on 26 artists from a worldwide pool in order to establish the foundations for an exciting new collection of contemporary monumental sculpture that reflected the best art practice from a global community.
The title for this sculpture is taken from the Robert Frost poem of the same name and written in 1916 shortly after he moved to the UK from his native USA. The poem has interesting ambiguities and reflections on life, depending on if you read it in your twenties, or later... My sculpture is homage to this poem and a reflection of the choices people make in life. The use of navigational forms in this granite artwork is a metaphor for direction and locale. It is about where we are as people, both emotionally and geographically: it is also about where we see ourselves, and how we are perceived.
5.5 x 7.2 x 7.2 m (height x width x depth)
approx: 18 ft 1/2 in x 23 ft 7 1/2 in x 23 ft 7 1/2 in
The Road Not taken (Big abstract Public Art sculpture)
Indoors and as a Garden Sculpture
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