Island

2010
Bright annealed stainless steel, Stainless steel tube with corten steel base
315 x 72 x 246 cm
Edition of 3

Island is a large-scale steel sculpture inspired by Diane Maclean's travels by boat around the Hebridean islands on the west coast of Scotland. In Island Maclean has captured the essence of this powerful experience. To echo the light and space created by the juxtaposition of the sea and the Hebridean cliffs, Island incorporates highly polished steel structures that rise up from the ground. The mirror-like columns reflect an abstracted image of sky, clouds and trees, giving the piece brilliant freshness and vitality. Diane Maclean is a sculptor whose work is highly personal, inspired by nature and her Scottish heritage, yet rendered in industrial materials with a sharp, contemporary finish. This duality in her work allows further comparisons with sleek urban environments; the strongly rectilinear, vertical forms in Island also draw on urban 'islands' such as Manhattan or Hong Kong.

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About The Artist

Diane Maclean makes large-scale work predominantly using stainless steel and light. Her works often draw on engineering expertise as she takes great pleasure in the challenge of new materials, which she uses in response to natural phenomena. The connection and juxtaposition between industry and nature is often the inspiration for many of her sculptures. Maclean was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1998. Maclean has received many public commissions, including Mountain, 2005–06, was commissioned for the Natural History Museum and is now sited at the University of Hertfordshire. In 2011, Maclean completed commissions for Essex County Council with the piece Shoots and was short–listed for the Gateway Project at Seabird Centre, North Berwick.

Diane Maclean

Born: 1939

Other Artworks by Diane Maclean at CASS

1999

Encampment

Tents or tepees are the homes of the nomad. Like any encampment these six tent–like forms are placed in a circle, both f…

2010

Open Book

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