“Oratory at Tahora,” sculpture / land art

Sculpture made out of dead tree branches and wood by Sen McGlinn + Sonja van KerkhoffThis is one of the sculptures we made for Tahora High-country International Sculpture on Kerry Turner’s sheep farm.

Sculpture of 9 seats in a circle covered by 5 branches by Sen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff

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Detail: Teachers and children from Marco school try out the seats by Sen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff.A circle of nine seats made out of the remains from a wood chopping competition underneath the shade of five branches collected from dead trees.

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Land Art Maastricht, The Netherlands

Sen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff check at the location for their contribution to the first Land Art Maastricht. They will build a structure using felled wood in the grounds.

Sen McGlinn + Sonja van Kerkhoff check at the location for their contribution to the first Land Art Maastricht. They will build a structure using felled wood in the grounds near this location.
Photo: Jacqueline Wassen.

Detail of Chateau Bethlehem showing the moat where Sonja will make a floating object out of recycled materials.

Detail of Chateau Bethlehem showing the moat where Sonja will make a floating object out of recycled materials.

Between May 9 and 20th Sen and Sonja will be based in Maastricht, The Netherlands, where they will make new work for the first “Land Art Maastricht” symposium. 25 artists were selected by the organizers to make site specific sculpture in the grounds of the castle mansion, “Chateau Bethelem”.

The Chateau Bethelem building is used by the Hotel Management School. Founded in 1950, with over 1100 students from around Europe they offer bachelors and masters degrees in Hotel Management at this school.

There’s an official opening on May 17th at 3 p.m. and the works remain on show until May 20th.

Video installation / sculpture out of recycled materials

Viewed from above: a sculpture / video installation made from recycled materials on Jan 31st in Puke Ariki, New Plymouth.

Viewed from above: a sculpture / video installation made from recycled materials
on Jan 31st in Puke Ariki, New Plymouth.

Sen and Sonja were in New Plymouth, Aotearoa / New Zealand, to participate in the 4th SCANZ residency at WITT (The Western Institute of Technology Taranaki). Their project was to create a sculptural form for the 5 video work “Kāinga a roto” using recycled materials as much as could be possible. Thanks to use of Ans’ camper we were able to transport the leftover recycled wood from our Rotorua project. The wood for the arches was recycled from the Govett-Brewster Gallery undergoing renovations, and most of the cardboard came from a construction site.

Thanks to the help of many and the use of the WITT workshop, it was finished in time for the opening on Feb 2nd, in Puke Ariki (the Taranaki museum of natural history + ethnology) in New Plymouth.
More about this work as well as images of the finished work is here >>
 

RAVE Rotorua Residency 2012/13 – Sen McGlinn

Sen McGlinn’s project for the December 2012 – January 2013 RAVE (Rotorua Artist Village)

Sculpture for community spirit

I intend to use furniture and recycled timber, and other wood if necessary, to build a sculpture in modules, each containing a seat. The modules can be arranged in a circle to create an internal space that can be used for a jam session or poetry reading, for a club meeting, a prayer or meditation session, or for a small open forum on community issues.

Jam session on 15th July 2012, in Galerie de Pieter, Leiden

Jam session on 15th July 2012, in
Galerie de Pieter, Leiden. More about this work
See a 5 minute video of this jam session

The only condition will be that the events have no charge, and preferably they should be open to the public.

Weather and space permitting I’d also like to place these structures outside at times, so that some of the groups could meet on the grass next to the RAV buildings.

The process will start with a number of wooden chairs, which will be transformed one by one into modules of the sculpture, by myself or others who join in to work with me or perhaps members of the public who would like to drop into the studio at RAV and learn some woodworking and/or sculptural skills.

If you wish to learn how to work with wood from scratch or have a lot of experience with wood and want to work on this project make a comment below giving an idea of your skills and I'll comment back with a time and day we could meet in the RAV studios from December 14th onwards. Later there will details below about the types of workshops that will be on offer.

By early January I hope to have a programme of events to occur inside the work, in the studio or outside.

However the point for me is not only that the sculpture should be used: even when it is not being used, it should speak of the possibility of community. Recycled wood, ideally from broken furniture, will also convey the message of making something new out of what comes to hand, which is a metaphor in itself. Since I will not be bringing broken wooden furniture with me (from the Netherlands), I will be asking for donations of light wooden furniture.

I am also interested in the potential of straw and clay as a sculptural material (and straw bale construction in general), and I would like to contact someone in the area who is building in these materials (architects or home builders) and invite them to give a session at the Arts Village.Detail of a nine part sculpture made from recycled wood in 2012 in The Netherlands.

I will offer workshops myself, on the themes of organic society (a philosophical approach) and of getting in touch with wood (a really basic hands-on introduction to the properties of the material and how to work it).

If you would like to use this sculptural structure for your club meeting, to give a talk, for a bingo session, you name it …, then make a comment below about the type of event you’d like to have or drop into the RAV studios between Dec 14 and 24th.

More photos of the June 2012 nine piece sculpture made in the Netherlands >>