Greer Taylor - reprieve - UWS Sculpture Award and Exhibition 2014
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≡ Awarded the UWS Acquisitive Sculpture Award 2014

UWS Acquisitive Sculpture Award and exhibition is a biannual event taking place in the sculpture park on the ground of University of Western Sydney’s Campbelltown Campus — the winning work joins the the permanent collection of the sculpture park — reprieve has now joined the collection to become a public artwork.


In a forest a tree might fall, but sometimes, if it is not too heavy for its neighbour, or falls slowly enough, it is caught and is able to live on, saved from destruction by its position in the forest.

Sometimes this reprieve will enable the tree to regain a strong connection to the earth allowing it to live on, even if its support crumbles.

aluminium, automotive paint, steel cable sinc plated brass, 450 x 350 x 160 cm, 2014

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This dynamic creates new spaces within a forest, often resulting in the most sculptural of trees. It is though, a dynamic that is only really ‘allowed’ to happen in a wild forest …

The graduating colours connect the sky and the earth, while at the same time reflecting and inverting the relationship.

‘A falling wing-like shape (reminiscent of a tree trunk) teeters, yet is held from collapse
by a lace like ladder that has pierced through its sleek form to become united as a new form.
Creating a new space within the ‘forest’.

I would like to thank:

  • Joes Pipe and Tube for providing space in their fabrication workshop for me to work and providing assistance in fabrication of this complex form together with precision welding
  • Daren for the amazing paint job
  • My Dad for helping me ‘skin’ the frame in my backyard studio
  • Monica McMahon for her support and enthusiasm

UWS Acquisitive Sculpture Award and Exhibition dates were: 2 May – 1 June 2014