This opportunity came about through
direct contact from Talal Mulalah, who was looking for a
range of artists, worldwide, to participate at the first
EMAAR International sculpture Symposium in Dubai. The aim
of the symposium was to foster cross cultural links and
to make a series of artworks for the Burgh Dubai, the world
The sculpture was made using
an entirely different materials to those I had been using
in Europe,corten and stainless steel, and this was primarily
because of the location and climate. The sculpture is made
from a combination of mild steel, galvanized steel and glass.
The process demanded cross border partnerships with several
industries located in Dubai over the two weeks period of
making the sculpture.
The glass section of the sculpture
is made from 8-mm thick cobalt blue glass, and its form
is taken from a projected shadow of the upright sculpture
it is attached to. The idea here was to turn the shadow
into a reflection and given the penetrating light of the
locale, it was successful, reflecting shapes and patterns
throughout the site.
The Klansman is inspired by earlier
works I had made in Sydney, for Sculpture by the Sea, and
also by a remarkable Phillip Guston exhibition I had just
seen at the Royal Academy of Art in London. Gustons "The
Studio' and "Bad habits" are amongst a series
of paintings I have long admired. The shapes and forms in
these paintings are resonant of the tailored garment template
form which is the basis for my own sculpture.