Napoleon Garden, Holland Park is the location of a new three-year collaboration between the Royal Borough of Kensington and Cheslea and the Royal British Society of Sculptors to celebrate the work of women sculptors. For 2012, the invited sculptor is Diane Maclean, who will exhibit a work titled, Place of Reflection. The sculpture is formed of a circle of five slim columns of polished stainless steel that have a space in between for people and wildlife to enter an inner sanctum. Set at different angles from one another, each of the columns has four facets, creating multiple refelctions of the surrounding garden, sky and of people and wildlife visiting the garden. Acting both as a mirror surface and as a place of reflection. A smaller sculpture, Preen, together with new photographic works, will be on show in the Ice House adjacent to Napolean Garden for a short period.
Diane Maclean uses scale in her sculptures to explore the open space of the natural evironment. Her work responds to the inherent qualities of light and how these can reflect and refract across different surfaces like polished stainless steel to bring the surrounding area to public attention. It is this relationship of object, place and material that continues to inspire Maclean. Often collaborating with scientists to investigate new technologies, Maclean uses architectural and industrial materials to interpret her ideas that have references to the weather and the changing climate.
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