Sunday, January 17, 2010

Living Sculpture

Last year the Italian mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli released a CD called Sacrificium, the cover art of which saw her posing as a living sculpture of the greco-roman kind. A fantastic CD of music incidentally even if it caused most grown men to go into a state of shock about what went on all those centuries ago...but that's another story.
It was probably the British duo of Gilbert and George who started the ball rolling on the development of living sculpture in 1970 when they posed at the gallery of art dealer Nigel Greenwood (1941-2004) at his Chelsea, London gallery. Their work was called Singing Sculptures and they performed the song 'Underneath the Arches' continuously. John Kaldor Art Projects bought this work to the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 1973. Living sculptures have become a fixture at shows and fairs across the country and delight crowds as public art works. Yesterday these young men posed as coal miners and put on a great show.

Local lads in the tradition of Gilbert and George

sublime music from Cecilia Bartoli


  1. Interesting live sculpture! I liked the quilts a lot. You can get lots of ideas from them. What is the green pumpkin with spots called? I have never seen one like that. Great pictures of the agriculture show! Thanks for sharing, Ian.

  2. Ian, live sculpture has always fascinated me. I use to live in Ridgefield, CT and there The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum usually had some new piece of live sculpture out front or in their garden. Whatever the piece, your eye always thought at first glance that it was real and wondered why that person was playing in the rain or tying their shoe or picnicking so close to the road.

    These are some great 'real' life sculptures that would trick the mind at first glance.

  3. I admire living sculptures, they need a lot of patience, great actors. Love Cecilia Bartoli's Alto voice.