Martin Turner - Woodcarver & Sculptor
SPIRIT features the Manhattan skyline drawn from different viewpoints; the distorted perspective gives the effect of New York teetering. From behind Manhattan a majestic American flag ripples over the city and across the sky. Behind the flag, clouds of smoke are edged with white gold. The gold pattern is made of the shapes of different countries - a fractured projection of the world.
The Twin Towers still take their proper place in the skyline but are, in fact, an image rippling on the flag; a memory.
Beside this surreal imagery are three ‘Brothers’; firefighters in the struggle to save others on 9/11 and deal with these attacks. Surrounded by an unreal, confused and incomprehensible scene, these ordinary men and women made extraordinary efforts. They stand on insecure rubble, united in their determination; unbeaten even by the fear of death.
The gilded letters FDNY reflect the Twin Towers on the wave crests of the river Hudson.
SPIRIT is carved in limewood, gilded with gold leaf of different colours, and mounted onto a painted aluminium panel gradated from dark to light blue. The finished work is 4 feet 6 inches (137 cms) wide by 3 feet 9 inches (114 cms) high; the relief is about 4 inches (10 cms) deep.
These were men of indomitable spirit; it has been a privilege to work in their shadow.
AT THE SIGN OF THE PARROT
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