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.

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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.

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