The latest one-off piece in my sculpture collection joins the River Swan (2008) as a tribute to the intensity of our natural world. This recent addition marks the first of my artworks for 2012.
The Savannah portrays a captured moment in the sprint of an elusive cheetah traversing the Serengeti. A beautiful creature in its own right, the cheetah holds the crown for being the fastest land animal on our planet. I chanced upon the idea for this sculpture after a moment of pondering on the ability of today's cameras to literally stop time and showcase motion through stills and frames. I believe photography to be a media of curiosity, and am an avid fan of the art. With that said, my tendency to experiment with my own media drew me closer to the subject of "motion".
What better way to see the notion of speed than to view the fastest creature on earth in mid-stride? I quickly took to my sketchpad and started creating the flat base drawings for my first cheetah sculpture.
The unique balancing of this piece strikes at the subject's own state of being. Motion is a tricky thing to sculpt, just as momentum is a rare tenant in some excellent photographs. Here are some pictures I took just after Savannah left the studio. Through the long course of this artwork's journey, I proceeded with a tempered aesthetic view on its final look and motif.
The Moving Aesthetics of George Rickey
2 years ago