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WHITE WHALE Sculpture

Artūras Tamašauskas

Lithuania

Sculpture, Found Objects on Steel

Size: 18.1 W x 18.8 H x 19.6 D in

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A stunning and original take on the marriage between humans and sea life. This piece is the culmination of hours of the creative process, endeavouring to create something that will stop and make us think. Combining the natural world with a classic steampunk style, the White Whale is like nothing seen before in sculptures. Featuring the smokestacks of a steamliner, protruding from the unmissable body of a whale, we’re invited to consider the impact of human actions on the majesty of the underwater ecosystem. With a characteristic rustic style, this whale takes on an experienced quality. As if it’s been used and worn - grown old throughout life. Such a quality asks us to think of the wisdom picked up along the way, stored by all the creatures around us. This contrasts the modern world, which is often obsessed with cleanliness and looking new - the White Whale allows us to appreciate what the world teaches us through experience. Like nothing seen before in sculpture, this novel piece has been crafted from items you may recognise from all walks of life. From bolts to filters and industrial metals, the unloved materials of life have been repurposed, taking their place as a beautiful sculpture that provokes thought and invites introspection. While the rest of the world damages the whale’s habitat, this sculpture pays homage to a beautiful animal, through the tools and materials of humans. It’s important for art to teach us something about ourselves or the world around us, and this piece shows us the hidden relationships between humanity and the wildlife that surrounds us. Whether you’re a steampunk enthusiast, a wildlife lover, or simply someone who appreciates unorthodox and impactful art, the White Whale is a sculpture for everyone. For decoration and for admiration, this sculpture has achieved its aims.

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Sculpture:Found Objects on Steel

Original:One-of-a-kind Artwork

Size:18.1 W x 18.8 H x 19.6 D in

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Artūras was born in 1963 in Anykščiai district, Viešintai, in the art and music atmosphere created for him by his parents. This seemingly led him to choose an art profession. In 1984 he entered the Telšiai Technical School of Applied Arts (currently the Telšiai Faculty of the Vilnius Academy of Arts) and successfully studied, appreciated the chosen field of study and in 1989 graduated with a qualification of a metal artist. After his studies, he was appointed and worked as a jeweler-engraver at the Klaipėda Art Combine. He worked there until the plant was closed. This was followed by his independent creative activity, which continues to this day. Artūras successfully creates small-form sculptures. Often using ready-made objects. The stylistics of the creations are close to the steampunk cultural movement, but with a distinctive approach from the artist. Newly suggestive shapes and materials from objects that once had a completely different life (purpose) return to a new modern time, evoking dual feelings. The resulting work for a new inner experience expands the emotional connection between the former and the newly born object. Well-mastered specific materials and professional application of traditional and new technologies (special studies and long-term practice) give a creative result. Artūras’ works are aesthetically suggestive, exciting and stimulating a positive emotion with a light dose of humor. The artist, who has felt the romance of Victorian mechanisms and mastered the technologies of recycling, admits that he has gained creative freedom, the ability to see things that do not exist in reality. The amalgamation of cultures from several epochs gives an unexpected result to the author himself. Another form of expression – interior decoration – has turned to a painting that has eventually become, together with the relief, a pictorial form of metal in the interior. Clear civic position is very significant in Artūras’ work. In accordance with the principle of creating art in an environmentally friendly way, using materials that are not used elsewhere and do not harm the environment, to create works with their own themes and plots that speak about a safe peaceful surroundings.

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