Polarity

by Michael Thacker

P.O.A.

MEDIUM: Blue Estremoz Marble
DIMENSIONS: 22 x 18 x 16 inches (55.9 x 45.7 x 40.6 cm)

 

Catalogue No: 6365 Categories: ,

Estremoz marble gets its name from its place of origin: the municipality of Estremoz, in Alentejo, southeastern Portgual. The particular area has sustained mining since the Roman Period, during and from which time the marble has been used for sculptures that exist in both archeological sites and museums all over the world. Estremoz marble is high density and most commonly carries a pink hue, whereas for this sculpture Thacker has sourced a special blue Estremoz which emphasises the sense of weight and emboldens the twisting form. The blue-grey colouration is thanks to the presence of organic matter which concentrate within the layers of the rock, so this piece offers a glimpse into an incredible age-old history.

Michael Thacker MRBS is a stone mason who works full time at Lincoln Cathedral, he is also a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors. His recent work illustrates his investigations into using light as a medium as well as stone. Using the simple act of gilding to reflect or accentuate light to create a glow that exudes from the centre of the stone illuminating an otherwise shadowed area.

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Michael studied Fine Art (Sculpture) at Loughborough University and graduated in 1999. After that he went on to study stonemasonry at York College, where he was awarded the S & J Whitehead award for stonemasonry, he was also selected by the college to represent them at the National Skills Show at the Birmingham NEC. Since then Michael has been employed by Lincoln Cathedral as a Stone Mason and Stone Carver. He was awarded Associate membership of the Royal British Society of Sculptors in 2003.

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