Why would you spend hours, days or weeks making something exquisitely beautiful that’s not going to last? The world of the ephemeral sculptor is an intriguing one. By using material that decays, rots, slumps or falls apart with weathering, these sculptures have a transience that adds to their appeal. We’ve all built a sand castle, but would you spend days carving ice, weaving twigs, drawing a chalk masterpiece, or even creating mist and smoke sculptures?
Ephemeral art brings with it a sense of dynamic change often missing in bronze, marble and steel. It often feels more intimately connected with its display environment as often the materials are collected site materials, like twigs and stones. In that way, perhaps it’s more like a perennial garden, where the plants and flowers you see will be gone within a week or two, and perhaps replaced by something quite different. You have to grasp and enjoy that moment. I suppose you could argue that just photographing them takes away that special quality.
Many thanks to Kristina Czepl for giving GardenDrum permission to reproduce her photos of the fabulous sculpture at Castel Pergine in Italy (and to Bernard Chapman – our go-between mutual friend).
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