AEP essay practice

  • Describe one of Han Sai Por’s sculpture.

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“Spirit of Nature”, 1991

Spirit of nature consists of 3 structures, each made from granite. The structures are curvy and seemingly resemble the trunk of an elephant or a wave. The shape of each structure is organic, giving the entire figure a sinuous and flowing form.

All the figures in the sculpture are of the same colour and texture. They are a stony grey with faint black dots and are generally smooth to touch.

One of the structures is positioned such that it lies horizontally on the ground while the other two are placed vertically, seemingly stretching outwards towards the sky.

Each of the structures seems to represent a tube, with the base attached to the ground rather enlarged. The visible end of the tube has a dent in it, like the snout of an elephant trunk.


  • Describe one of Antony Gormley’s installation, in relation to the concept of Land Art.

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Angel of the North, 1998

One notable installation of Antony Gormley is Angel of North, located on an open field in Gateshead, UK.

It is a 20 meter tall structure of a man who has two wing-like structures attached to the sides of its torso, in replacement of the arms. The structure weighs 200,000 kilograms, with the body weighing 100,000 kg and the wings at 50,000 kg each. The entire piece was made from Cor-ten steel and cost £800,000 to construct.

The structure is of a dark bronze colour, possibly due to its permanent exposure to sunlight and precipitation. The form of the structure is very solid and the two plane structures attached by the side are generally straight and thick. Their position, as well as the title of the art piece, suggests that they are intended to be wings. However, unlike conventional angels depicted in biblical paintings, the wings of this sculpture are straight and rectangular, bearing semblance to the wings of an aircraft instead.

The entire surface of the structure is covered by thick lines of steel that are concentrated mostly on the body, eventually spreading out more neatly on the wings. The man in the figure stands with his body upright, his back straight and legs together.

The installation is representative of the concept of land art; it is placed on an open space to imply that the landscape surrounding the creation is to be considered as part of the sculpture as well. Another of Gormley’s sculpture, titled Another Place, expresses this concept as well.

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Another Place, 1997

Another Place consists of 100 cast iron figures which face out to sea. They are distributed over about 3 km of beach. Each figure is about 1.9 in height and weighs around 650kg.

Another Place can be considered land art because the figures are seemingly a part of the ocean. They are embedded in the sand on the shore, and are revealed and submerged by the sea depending on the tide. In this sense, they appear to be continuous with the land beneath them, and are a part of their surroundings.

Another Place has been exhibited in Germany, Norway and Belgium.


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