Arial is one of the first two pieces in the Circus Collection. It was a creation that came from a collaboration with the NoFit State circus and explores the aerialist art, using silks. The shapes created are in many ways balletic, but with the added tension and intensity of danger. A nerve stretching dance of grace and gravity, mesmerising for the audience and intoxicating for sculpture.
Working with the aerialist was a real privilege. I was able to view the anatomical movements, shifts and tensions of the performance, not only from below with the audience, but at close eye level and above, which gave me an insight into the discipline and courage required by the performers. The body as a machine, uncompromisingly tuned to deliver one beautiful transition of shape form and balance after another. For a sculptor, this is pure source of inspiration and only the beginning of a deeper fascination.
Arial by Michael James Talbot
Arial is one of the first two bronze sculptures in Michael’s Circus Collection. It was created as part of Michael’s collaboration with the No Fit State Circus and explores the aerialist art, using silks.
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