ON A CLEAN SLATE The first RollsRoyce with four-wheel drive.
Pablo Atchugarry’s chic sculptures are the makings of his deep connection to nature.
The metres-high sculptures flown in to take pride of place at Orchard Road this month have been created by an artist from halfway around the world.
Their lines evoke the birds of paradise and intermingling stalks of vegetation found in the Botanic Gardens, which impressed Uruguayan artist Pablo Atchugarry on this, his first trip here for an exhibition at Opera Gallery Singapore and, by extension, Singapore’s busiest intersection.
“He’s well known in Europe and America, but not so much in Asia, so we decided to bring him in,” says gallery manager Irene Chee. Abstract in form, and displaying slender folds and pleats, Atchugarry’s sculptures are rooted in the theme of growth, and stretch upwards, seeking the sky – even when his favoured material, marble, which he refers to as “children of the mountain” is linked to the earth.
In a career spanning over four decades, the 64-year-old has had exhibitions in such major cities as London, Rome, Miami, New York, Montevideo, and Buenos Aires. Forest Bird, a 2m tall sculpture priced at $500,000, and one of Atchugarry’s favourite, is displayed in Opera Gallery.
He muses that his creative process is influenced by moments in his life, and in particular his feelings – open or closed, vulnerable or protective, and so on – when he is about to begin carving. He describes this as a dialogue between him as an artist and the medium he’s working with. Pablo Atchugarry will be on until Oct 14, Opera Gallery Singapore, Ion Orchard.