And then was able to take a few without anyone else around, showing the delightful setting.
unveiling by Robert Buckland MP.
David grew up near Aldbourne, influenced by the form of trees, Sarsen stones and the landscape created and changing through geological time. The first image he showed us was a view of the earth from the Apollo space mission 50 years ago, he also cited James Lovelock who said it was useful to think of the earth as a living organism, and declared a climate emergency 10 years ago. This article raises concerns about carbon dioxide levels increasing exponentially.
David took us back 40000 years ago looking at cave paintings and early man's relationship to animals, and onto Knossus and the minotaur, a python and lizard and John Aspinall's silver back gorilla. He commended the green men at Sutton Benger church to us, Henry Moore's sculpture of mother and child in a church in Northampton.
David ended his talk by saying we sacrifice things for our way of life and wondered what the updated Apollo photo would look like now. The oceans would be white with plastic rubbish.
Rereading what David said the talk would be about, he fulfilled the brief he had set very well indeed.
'This illustrated talk explores influences and themes that have prompted David’s sculpture; being more conscious than ever today that the exponential pace of industrialisation has left a splintered web in the continuity between mankind and the rest of creation. The essentially figurative work often combines animal and plant forms in relation to human form in search of connections: acorn in a man’s hand, tulip and bird’s beak and crowning a queen, in a way it’s like darning the odd stitch in that fractured web. David has drawn on paleolithic, pre-classical Greek and African inspiration sensing there is a more visceral engagement with earth, and his own memories of skylarks flitting between sarsen and beech, sentinels of the chalk hills.
The talk will be accompanied with images that have moved David, and with examples of sculpture they have inspired.'
It was an excellent talk to a packed house. I took some very poor photos which I'll add here:
Thank you David for a wonderful talk and I'll be in touch soon.