Antone Bruinsma sculpture
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“Blossom with the beauty of stone”
Antone working on a aculpture for the Shanghai Sculpture Park, China.
For 35 years now I’ve been making sculptures for landscapes and buildings in Australia and overseas. This means I work with people - developers, curators, gardeners, architects, project officers - but I also work with places.
I work to intensify the value in every location.
I highlight the natural qualities of the chosen site. And I clarify the social, historical and psychological factors – the desires, hopes and culture - that make each location special in the hearts of its custodians and visitors.
By tuning in to these forces, I’m able to identify the spirit of a place. From there, I can give material form to that special spirit. Typically I use stone or wood, but I might choose stainless steel, bronze or any other substance that my research reveals to be right for the place.
I have a simple rule: by the time a project is complete, the location must be enriched. Clearly, different people measure richness in different ways - economic, social, ecological, psychic, spiritual. Acknowledging this diversity
of values, I make sure my sculptures interact with their settings so that the value of the place is improved according to all these different measures of wealth.
Over the years I’ve learned that every project
is a milestone in my own artistic development. I’ve also learned that my artwork is strongest when viewers feel that the sculpture has made the site into a milestone for their own journey through life. For that reason, I value consultation and interaction with the public during the planning, creative and installation processes. When a place has been artistically improved like this, people return to it often and take care of it because it has real significance
in their lives through identification with their environment and their community.
Queensland College of Art (Griffith University) 1977-1979
Angelique-Art Sculpture Award for Primary Schools in Queensland, established by Antone to encourage and foster interest in sculpture - First recipient 2012 Cannon Hill State School, Second recipient 2014 Bardon State School.