Francois Viljoen is a South African born artist, now lives in the south west part of Baden Württemberg, Germany. In many ways arts influenced and marked his life from the start. He was in a only Academic+Sport school with no art classes, This was quite frustrating, but then the creative process, esp. drawing, became a passion and big interest in his teenage years, following a long, weekly TV series called, "Quest for Romanticism". He then started to draw, more and more. "It was like finding my call in life and meaning... Like bringing order to...
Sculpture: 'The Armadillo Bowl (Bronze Curious Animal statue)' by Francois Viljoen
Bronze Bowl&Armadillo sculpture, Armadillo means "little armoured one" Spanish. The nine-banded armadillo (Dasypus novemcinctus) in this case. Found in North, Central and South America. Like the Pangolin, also solitary and nocturnal. Can jump 1 meter high when frightened. 2 – 6 kg and covered by non overlapping, keratinized epidermal scales with nine bands/rings around middle of body. The armadillo is mainly insectivores with sticky tongues to lap up the insects. Like the pangolin can run away quickly, or quickly dig into the ground when confronted by its enemies. Some armadillo`s, like the Pangolin, can also roll up into a ball. Motif: While creating this work, words that came to mind were: Contemplation or Reflection.
35 x 43 x 60 cm (height x width x depth)
approx: 1 ft 1 3/4 in x 1 ft 5 in x 1 ft 11 2/3 in
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Peter de Sausmarez.
Its fantastic, I have spoken to the artist today to congratulated him on his work. Its in place in our garden and my family are soooooo thrilled with it, he certainly is a clever guy and very talented. I know we will get many more positive comments throughout the summer and can only say a very big thank you for the opportunity to own something that we would not think of having.... [Read more]
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