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Glacial Thermostat

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Glacial Thermostat Sculpture

Chris McLinden

United Kingdom

Sculpture, Wood on Wood

Size: 24 W x 27.6 H x 4.7 D in

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This work was inspired by the fact that despite the endlessly growing volumes of data being collected by scientists and others to support the evidence base for global warming, and in particular the irreparable damage identified to glaciers, little practical action is taken on this evidence. The choice of style including a found object - a broken heater thermostat - is intended to visually highlight how the increasing data on glacial melt due to environmental warming is in reality being gathered, whilst in practice however the water from the glaciers (represented by the blue wiring running into and out of the thermostat from the glacier) continues to increase at growing speed. In this situation, the fact that the thermostat is broken, and clearly has disconnected wiring, seems very appropriate. As does the choice of burnt wood for both the sculpture frame, and the representation of the glacier, and the deliberate colour selection within the piece. I would hope viewers of the work relate partly to the frustration within the work, but also view it as a positive vehicle to help communicate the need for action, not just data gathering.

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Sculpture:Wood on Wood

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:24 W x 27.6 H x 4.7 D in

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Chris is a professional artist based on the Wirral Peninsula in the North West of the UK, producing artwork including Drawing, Sculpture and Photography. His work investigates the relationship between Humans and Creativity / Innovation. It is often informed by exploring ideas of increasing transitions and states of flux caused by rapidly growing volumes of change, and the resulting typical current responses to this, which demand constant creative and innovative human responses. It is also informed by exploring human responses to creativity and innovation, which come in many forms, and which appear to transform and translate subtly over time. Works can sometimes be a response to a range of potential triggers, capturing his immediate personal reactions to a wide range of contemporary events, found objects, materials, words and phrases, concepts and places and people he encounters. Chris attempts to combine his personal reactions, commentary and resulting storylines, with experimentation on how to effectively visually represent them, embedding this within the materiality of the artworks themselves. This often includes using found object deconstruction and re-purposing/recycling techniques, which challenge the current use or typical representations of the chosen physical objects or concepts. When existing objects, concepts or ideas are deconstructed or questioned, and then uniquely combined and reconstructed, they can convey very different and powerful images and messages.

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