Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Marionette wins KL Mayor Sculpture Award

Excerpt from The Edge Galerie

Artist Lisa Foo’s gigantic marionette created from leaves, branches and twigs took home the trophy of the inaugural KL Mayor Sculpture Prize Award last night.

Awarded by KL mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib at the closing ceremony of the Art in the Park (ATP) festival held at the Perdana Botanical Gardens in Kuala Lumpur, the winning sculpture was described by one of the three judges as an idea that was most engaging to the public.
The judging panel comprised top contemporary artist Ahmad Zakii Anwar, Singaporean architect T.K. Quek and Metropolitan Museum of Manila former director Cora Alvina.
“The use of leaves and branches as found objects from the park makes it ephemeral and botanical, and it deserves to be acknowledged in this inaugural award for its ambitious idea and execution,” said Alvina, in her citation of the sculpture.

Entitled, ”Walk in the Park”, Foo’s interactive sculpture was suspended beneath the expansive roof of the Perdana Canopy pavilion.
The marionette could be moved by visitors via a crank-and-pulley system. The artist explained that her intention was to transform the unexpected into art and beyond the norm of sculptural installations. The work actually focused on the fragility of life, reflected in the materials used.
See more at The Edge Galerie

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