in the shade of the magnolias

The magnolia is an enduring and ancient tree, older even than the bee. In this rendering, Stone took buds and branches growing near his Pietrasanta studio, which were cast and then reconfigured into an elegant sculptural form.

Stone recounts, “the magnolia has always been present for me, but seeing it again, by the foundry, it captured the idea of time passing. And yet in that moment there was also a stillness, timelessness, a pathos, hopefulness.”

This process of a found object resulting in something both made up of, but different from, the original form, is a dance well known in Stone’s work. In this way he is both inspired by nature and re-interpreting it through sculpture.

in the shade of the magnolias captures a sense of fragility and the raw beauty of nature. A floor element of petals which have dropped from their branch captures the impermanence of nature whilst adding a figurative element to the work.

Stone worked with Fonderia Mariani in Pietrasanta, a studio renowned for the quality. “In every detail, the sculpture is a technical achievement from the balancing of weight to the fine detail of each branch and petal form. The piece was cast in twelve parts across seven individual studios over a period of four months”.

in the shade of the magnolias was recently exhibited in the Royal Society of Sculptors summer exhibition, curated by Jo Baring, Director of the Ingram Collection of Modern British Art. Stone’s bronze works was shown alongside 23 artists including Clare Burnett, Nick Hornby and Merete Rasmussen. A work by Eduardo Chillida was on display to coincide with the exhibition, on loan from Hauser & Wirth. Sandy Nairne officially opened the exhibition.

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