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: 'Hard Bop (Monumental Metal Big Civic abstract Outdoor sculpture)' by John Atkin
Massive Public Art Civic Pride Urban Focal and Center Point sculptures by John Atkin who is sought after for his Large Public Sculptures. Hard Bop was commissioned by Sculpturesite (San Francisco) on behalf of LARAMAR Inc.. for the Centre-Point of their Prestige Redevelopment of Fillmore Plaza, San Francisco. The sculpture formed part of a new Plaza Regeneration project for the Fillmore neighborhood and its position, at the front of the multi-purpose Award Winning building, is such that it acts as a Land mMrk at different times of the day and throughout the seasons.
Fillmore is historically regarded as the Harlem of the West Coast. Famous for it legendary Jazz heritage, it was important that the sculpture referenced notions of music and rhythm. To this end, the stainless steel forms of the artwork are inspired by the movement of a conductors baton, as it moves through the air: and the machine head granite keys reference the kinds of tuning devices common to a number of string musical instruments.
8 x 3.1 x 3.1 m (height x width x depth)
approx: 26 ft 3 in x 10 ft 2 in x 10 ft 2 in
Hard Bop (Monumental Metal Big Civic abstract Outdoor sculpture)
Indoors and as a Garden Sculpture
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Peter de Sausmarez.
Dear Peter, Enclosed is photo of my lovely fox, placed into an area which I`m developing as a small bluebell and white birch woodland. I`m absolutely delighted with the sculpture! Would you please pass a copy on to Tessa (Hayward), with my thanks and very best wishes. Jenny
Mrs J. Gray, Hungerford Newtown, Berks, England, United Kingdom.