The making of "Grounded"

In The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1984) the celebrated author Milan Kundera wrote: "The heavier the burden, the closer our lives come to the earth, the more real and truthful they become. Conversely, the absolute absence of burden causes man to be lighter than air, to soar into heights, take leave of the earth and his earthly being, and become only half real, his movements as free as they are insignificant. What then shall we choose? Weight or lightness?... The goals we pursue are always veiled. A girl who longs for marriage longs for something she knows nothing about. The boy who hankers after fame has no idea what fame is. The thing that gives our every move its meaning is always totally unknown to us."

Whilst his head is in the 'clouds' represented by the spheres, the figure's legs and feet form part of the earth, thereby indicating a kind of philosophy for survival, success and way of conducting one's life. Taking a pragmatic stance of remembering roots and maintaining one's identity, the work suggests that having dreams, visions, an entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm for life at the same time are as vitally important. The figure stands with his feet slightly apart and the arms hang limply down, the body posture as such suggesting a position of waiting to see, yet being 'ready'...

The proposed title of this work is "Grounded". The sculpture is made from different materials all from our earth, Belfast Granite, rammed earth, Marico slate as well as a stainless steel alloy that originates from South Africa. The pragmatic use and combination of the various materials create the composition as a whole, which is in reference to our diversity.


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