Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) - Edinburgh

Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson lived at 221b Baker Street in London, between 1881-1904, according to the stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

"There was something of Mr. Pickwick's benevolence in the appearance marred only by the insincerity of the fixed smile and by the hard glitter of those restless penetrating eyes", Dr Watson said about the evil villain Charles Augustus Milverton. "Or what is left of his head", Holmes replied.

Today, gentlemen, we have a crime scene investigation in what we all tend to carry around on our very own shoulders... our SKULL.

Our College of Art Private Investigator showed us the (clay) project aim for the next five weeks in Sculpturing:

'To learn the art of observation in order to translate this into 3D form and to produce your own interpretations from original source material...'.

Original source material... hmmmm, I like the ring of that. Should we 'head' over to the graveyard?

This topic on the 'beloved ones', the 'past-aways', or simply the bones and skull buried around the Castle of Edinburgh had attracted students before, according to some of the work I had seen in the galleries.

Make your own coffin...
Look here for instructions.

No, this time we were to sculpture a skull from clay, and make it as realistic as possible.

Translating the dimensions on paper to the 3D skull.

'Who's your Daddy...?'

By making a skull we learn the underlying bone structure for the next session, modelling a head. Also I had to consider carefully the relationship of internal to external forms in my piece.

As I ended up walking around the College, to dig up a few of my ancestors, I came across this sculpture on the ground.

Metal leaves in a natural setting.


Finally, after yesterday's walk through the City, I had the nerves to put my Flower Sculpture in a Public place as well...

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