Ben Dearnley: Australian public sculpture commission
Sculptor Ben Dearnley has recently completed a prestigious large scale public commission for the Two Rivers Wines vineyard at Upper Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia.
Entitled ‘Custodians of the Landscape’, the commission consists of a number of sculptures throughout the landscape using natural stone sourced directly from the vineyard. The official unveiling was made by Australian actress Sigrid Thornton.
Throughout the Summer Ben Dearnley has been working on three large commissions, Bacardi being the largest with the design team at Thomas Heatherwick studios. The second on the west coast of Wales for the Welsh assembly and a collaboration in the south of France, helping create a 4 meter giant stone puppet.
The Bacardi Bombay Sapphire Gin logo of Queen Victoria was cut directly into the brick-work of the old Laverstoke Mill site in Hampshire, which is soon to be open to the public as a visitor centre.
Ben has long been interested in collaborating with designers and architects and his latest work provides a glimpse at the endless possibilities. He is currently working with sculptural garden design which will explore light in a whole new way.
The Festival of Stone brings together carvers of stone from all over the world to celebrate the power of stone sculpture. T5 Gallery artist Ben Dearnley was commissioned to create one of the larger works over the full 10 days and chose ‘The Father of The Bicycle Industry’ James Starley as his subject. Ben’s sculpture was a 5 tonne head fragment opened up inside to show his invention emerging as a thought.
Along with this principle commission, Ben also led one of the evening Seminars, Exploring the Creative Mind, as well as taking part in the final judging panel to select the overall event winner.