Open Book

2010
Coloured stainless steel
240 x 280 x 120 cm
Edition of 3

Entirely crafted from treated metals, Diane Maclean’s Open Book is typical of her contemporary, clean style. The sculpture’s curving front panels of polished and coloured stainless steel give a mystical quality to reflections in the surrounding woodland. The brushed surface of the ‘cover’ is also gently reflective creating an ethereal presence in the sunlight.

Drawing upon family and cultural heritage, Open Book is a personal tribute to Maclean’s husband’s grandfather, the great Gaelic scholar Donald Maclean, who dedicated his life to collecting the texts of the Gaelic language, helping to save the language from extinction. In 1916, he sold his precious library of books to the Marquis of Bute to raise money to educate his children. Only one publication remains in the family, the Typographica Scoto–Gadelica, which is the hand–written and beautifully bound bibliography of all the texts and Maclean’s inspiration for Open Book.

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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

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