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‘Future of sculpture’ Artist Zachary Eastwood-Bloom, installs ‘The Confusion’, at New Woolf Institute building

A sculpture completed by artist Zachary Eastwood-Bloom, who was commissioned to create a centrepiece sculpture for the main entrance to the Woolf Institute’s new building, has recently been installed in Cambridge.

The artist, who has been labelled as 'the future of sculpture' by FAD Magazine, and listed as one of eight up and coming sculptors by The Art Newspaper, has entitled the sculpture 'The Confusion'. The piece which took over five months to complete, is composed of 288 struts of Meranti wood coated in over 450m of 24ct gold leaf.

The piece is based on a two-dimensional geometric pattern and has been created into a three-dimensional sculpture suspended in the main rotunda which evokes details found in the arts of all three Abrahamic faiths. The piece fits beautifully with the new Woolf Institute building, as the Woolf Institute, has been working for nineteen years to build relations between Christians, Jews and Muslims. 

Sculptor, Zachary Eastwood-Bloom, who uses digital making technologies such as three-dimensional printing, coupled with traditional materials such as wood, ceramics and bronze, expanded on the significance behind ‘The Confusion’, saying:

"Most of my work examines where we are at now and where we have come from. As you walk into the building the sculpture hangs above head height in the entrance, it just looks like a jumbled collection of gold lines. But when you look up at the sculpture from the basement level, and from the first floor, the exacting geometry of the sculpture reveals itself. The wider metaphor is about points of view.

The viewer can look at the sculpture from one point of view and not understand the sculpture but change your point of view, as you move deeper into the building and the sculpture has a structure that become understandable. So it is about point of view.

I think that the research and activities that happen in the Woolf institute help to re-frame points of view and common structures within each of the Abrahamic religions so it is a very appropriate sculpture. I also think that within most religions there is the notion of an unseen, subtle and meaningful order." 

The sculpture is open to the public, and can be viewed by visitors to the Woolf Institute. The piece has already generated a great deal of interest from visitors.

Posted by CAN network on 15th December 2017.