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metals4U Student Sculptors Competition 2019 – Catch-up with Cameron Lings

(Last modified: July 3rd, 2019)

 

metals4U sculptor winner 2019 Cameron Lings

Cameron with his trophy at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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Close up of the metals4U Student Sculptors Competition trophy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For the last three years, metals4U have proudly sponsored Brian Fell’s Midsummer Metal Sculpture Course held at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Over the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd June, Brian’s course was in full swing. Our Student Sculptors Competition 2019 winner, Cameron Lings, was there with other aspiring sculptors as part of his prize.

Cameron’s sculpture titled, ‘Turbine’, caught the attention of the judges to win first prize;

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‘Turbine’
(c) Cameron Lings 2019

metals4U student Sculptor cameron Lings Turbine

‘Turbine’
(c) Cameron Lings 2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

…but when we met him at the course to award him with his trophy we discovered that Cameron had in fact entered our Student Sculptors Competition in 2018, ‘Impurity’ (pictured below)  was not successful in winning first prize last year…

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‘Impurity’
(c) Cameron Lings 2018

…We are so glad that he entered again as this proves that determination and tenacity can win through if you have the talent.

‘Cell’ (below) is the piece Cameron completed at the Midsummer Sculpture Course;

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‘Cell’
(c) Cameron Lings 2019

“The sculpture depicts how engineered objects can house or reserve energy that can hold future potential. Here, energy appears free flowing, yet reserved to its origin within the cube, which is balanced on a segment of a sphere. This directly allows us to witness how an atmosphere and geographical location can be influenced by the introduction of man-made power – to benefit the existence and lifestyles of those around it.  You can also relate this to how human potential can be beckoned from within the ‘average’ person, acting as an idea, thought or creative expression, waiting to be released into the world.” [Cameron Lings, 2019]

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‘Cell’
(c) Cameron Lings 2019

We caught up with Cameron to find out more about his journey with his art studies so far, where he would like his career to take him, and asked him to reflect on his experience of winning the prestigious award.

What, or who, first made you interested in art? Where does your inspiration come from?

Art has forever amused me, as I found it was something I could always turn to when I was bored. Drawing, model-making and painting have always been topics I have thrived at. When deciding what I wanted from my career, originally engineering was my go-to option. I hoped it would fill the gap that opened when my studies temporarily stopped in the arts- this wasn’t the case. I soon went to North Lindsey College, Scunthorpe, where my intentions and aspirations changed completely; studying a Foundation in Art and Design and an A-level in English Literature and Language, this set me up for University in Teesside, at the soon-to-be MIMA School of Art.

 A relative of mine has always worked as an Illustrator. This was something my childhood-self initially inspired to be, I was in awe of the idea of drawing and painting for a living – and I still am! However, it wasn’t until I was mid-way through my college studies that I realised illustration just wasn’t for me; instead, I focused on working in 3D, I found that the challenges sculpture offered me were sufficiently more satisfying. It surfaced that sculpture consists of not only structural building, but design and execution, a unique set of challenges that excited me. After meeting and working alongside accomplished sculptor – Ian Randall – I realised I had a long-term target to aim for. I learned that a combination of hard work, determination and skill, would hopefully result in my long-term success within the world of contemporary art. That is what I am aiming for today.

Until you attended Brian Fells’ sculpture course, what was you level of working with metal and what led to an interest in using it within your work?

I have become somewhat familiar in working with metal for around 18 months. Working with the sculptor, Ian Randall, has widened my knowledge vastly around working with metal, wood and stone. I hope in the future I can design and build large scale public works, predominantly using metal as a preferred medium, mainly due to its sustainability.

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Cameron working at Brian Fell’s metal course at Yorkshire Sculpture Park

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‘Cell’ in progress

 

How would you define your work to date, including your preferred mediums, style, techniques etc?

My work is a vast combination of mediums, styles and themes. I don’t like to narrow down my options, so I aim to always work progressively in several material choices. Ceramics, Woodwork, Metalwork and Plastics are used throughout my practice. Regarding my newer work however, I have tended to explore abstraction and environmental-based works. Previously my works were heavily figurative based, that was work I felt ‘safe’ doing. It is only recently I have further distanced myself from literal examples of imagery, instead I aim to portray human and environmental behaviour through the means of, otherwise unrecognisable, shape and form.

What you did on Brian’s course, what was good, what you wish had have been different, things you learned or perfected, and new ideas or skills you were introduced to?

Regarding the experience, I cannot fault any part of it. The creative freedom it provided me with is something I’ve been craving, and I’m highly grateful for being granted the opportunity. As I’ve mentioned, I have been introduced to metalworking before, however I was still able to pick up pointers and helpful guidance tips from the experts, these will aid me throughout my future. I was also able to learn a lot from the other artists on the course, everyone had their own styles, techniques and aims of what they wanted to achieve; this reflection help put my work into an enlightening perspective.

Where to now? Where do you see your future route taking you- how do you hope your future will shape and develop?

I still have at least another year at University, so there is still time for me to explore and develop through my education. Alongside this, I will still be exhibiting works locally and further across the UK. Regarding my long-term future, I would love to work on public commissions while developing my own practice alongside. I have always been one to aim high – that will not change any time soon; so, it’s a matter of maintaining hard work, to keep learning, growing and developing as an artist. Regardless of what is to come, creating art will always be a part of my life.

Halfway through my second year at University, I had a vast body of varied finished and unfinished works, it was only at this stage I began applying to feature in exhibitions and publications. Before this, I had been featured in only 2 exhibitions in the same amount of years. However, over a 6-month window, my work has appeared in over 20 exhibitions across the UK, alongside several magazine features and award nominations. Winning the metals4U Student Sculptor 2019 Award has been the ‘cherry on the cake,’ crowning a frantic – yet exciting – few months.

I have recently come to realise, opportunities are out there, its just matter of making the most of what is at hand and working hard for a future in the arts – it’s something I’m certainly not giving up on any time soon!

I would encourage everyone in the arts to push their efforts to the limits. At the end of the day, opportunities won’t come knocking at your door, you must go out and make them.

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Cameron receives his metals4U winner’s trophy from Brian Fell.

(left to right- metals4U Managing Director-Paul McFadyen, award winning metal artist- Brian Fell, artist and studio assistant- George Fell, Student Sculptors Competition winner- Cameron Lings, metal sculptor- Owen Cunningham)

Here at metals4U we are very excited to see where Cameron’s creative journey will lead him and we are eager to follow his progress in the successful career we are confident he has ahead of him.

If you would like to see more of Cameron’s work, why not have a look at his Instagram account? 

To read our previous blog showing Cameron’s winning entry to the metals4U Student Sculptors Competition 2019, click here.

metals4U Student Sculptor Competition Winner 2019

(Last modified: June 12th, 2019)

metals4U Student Sculptors Competition 2019 in association with top metal sculptor, Brian Fell, and Yorkshire Sculpture Park is proud to announce this year’s winner…

Cameron Lings

Our third annual Student Sculptors Competition has proved to be quite an event in the art and metalwork students’ calendar- this year we were inundated with entries showing  strong talent in a wide variety of disciplines and styles.

The judging was extremely difficult as there was such a variety of ideas and inspirational work, however, there can only be one winner. Once the official closing time of the competition had passed, all the entries were shown to the exceptional metal artist, Brian Fell, for him to select the overall winner based on the judging criteria set out in the published competition rules.

(c) metals4U Student Sculptors Competition 2019

After a long period of consideration and deliberation, Brian settled on the entry from Cameron Lings.

Cameron has just completed his second year at Teesside University’s MIMA School of Art studying for a BA (Hons) Fine Art. His winning entry titled; ‘Turbine’ is shown below.

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(c) Cameron Ling ‘Turbine’ 2018

Cameron’s entry was accompanied by this descriptive insight into his work;

‘Turbine’ is a sculpture inspired by our ever-developing industrial day-to-day life. In order to develop new ways of creating energy, we have looked to our natural environment, in order to produce electricity from its kinetic movements. The sculpture demonstrates how our natural elements are being industrialised and harvested to their full extent. In this case, the wind is captured and portrayed in hardened metal, representing how engineering processes are making us look at nature from a differential, and clearly useful, point of view. The sculpture also questions our future of the relationship between industry and the environment, and how it will further develop in order for our own benefit.

 

Cameron will attend Brian Fell’s Midsummer Metal Sculpture Course at Yorkshire Sculpture Park  on the 22nd & 23rd June, courtesy of metals4U. Cameron will get the opportunity to receive guidance from experienced metal artists Brian Fell, Owen Cunningham, and George Fell. Cameron’s final piece from the course will also be put on display within the grounds of the sculpture park- now that is something to be proud of.

We can’t wait to see what Cameron makes next…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Learning from the master with Brian Fell

(Last modified: July 3rd, 2019)

Our recent competition to win a place on a masterclass workshop with celebrated sculptor, Brian Fell, proved to be a huge success.

We saw a great response with dozens of fantastic entries, which made Brian’s job a tough one when it came to judging. But one entry stood out above all the others, and that was our winner, Jessica Alice Smith.
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Brian said of her submission: “Jessica had the strongest application and we felt she would benefit the most from the course”. Here’s her entry that caught Brian’s eye:

My current practice works with themes of balance and fragility; primarily playing with the idea of building up each side of the structure to the pivotal point before it collapses. By doing this I am able to capture the greatest level of tension between the structure and its material.

Though the majority of my work utilises natural and found material, I would love the opportunity to expand this further. The metal workshop would give me the tools needed to push my structures further than ever before, and the opportunity to experiment with heavier, more durable material.

Her prize was a place on the Midsummer Metal workshop that Brian and fellow sculptor, Owen Cunningham, ran in conjunction with Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Here’s what she said of her experience:
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“At the beginning of the course, Brian and Owen ran through all the equipment and showed us how to use each piece. After this, we were shown in groups of three how to weld, including each having a go at welding a straight non-bubbly line.
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“The rest of the course was quite self-led. We were provided with all the materials we needed and were given the opportunity to experiment with any ideas or designs we wanted to pursue.

“Both Brian and Owen were really helpful with any questions, and stepped in to show me in more detail how to use the equipment when I needed it. In particular, I was given an extra demonstration on how to use the plasma cutter. I really enjoyed this tool and used it both to cut layers of metal into mountainous shapes for my landscapes, and also as a drawing tool”.
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Watch this space to see how this star of tomorrow progresses in her work.

To see all the amazing submissions we received as part of our Student Sculptors Competition head to our Facebook page.

 

Our top 10 metal sculptures in the world

(Last modified: May 7th, 2019)

Some of our top metal sculptures in the world

To celebrate our partnership with Yorkshire Sculpture Park and sculptor Brian Fell – and of course our passion for all things metal – we’ve taken a look at some of the best metal sculptures from around the globe. Here are our some of our personal favourites.

The Kelpies

The Kelpies,metals4U top 10 sculptures

‘The Kelpies’  Scott,  2013

One for the horse lovers. Standing an impressive 30 metres high, these horses were created in 2013 by sculptor Andy Scott and are found just outside Falkirk in Scotland. Weighing in at over 300 tonnes, each sculpture is made up of thousands of individually crafted pieces of stainless steel. Kelpie is a Scottish name given to water spirits that are claimed to live in the lochs and other bodies of water in Scotland, legend has it that these spirits can transform from (usually) horses into humans. This equine theme also  links in to the Clydesdale horses that traditionally supported the industry of the area.

Non-Violence (The Knotted Gun)

The Knotted Gun, metals4U top 10 sculptures

‘Non-Violence’  Reuterswärd, 1985

Created by Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd, ‘Non-Violence’ (commonly known as ‘The Knotted Gun’) was created as a tribute to the late John Lennon in 1985 and  later donated to the United Nations in 1988 as a symbol of peace. The original bronze sculpture is installed outside the United nations headquarters in New York. There are at least 30 copies placed around the world as significant reminders for peace.

All Hands

All Hands metals4U top 10 sculptures

‘All Hands’  Fell, 2001. (c) Brian Fell.

Brian Fell’s ‘All Hands’ sculpture is located above the culverted canal in Cardiff, South Wales, that once would have been used to supply the nearby docks with coal. This magnificent piece was installed in 2001; it is constructed from welded steel and stands over 2 metres tall. The structure depicts and celebrates the local history of the canal workers pulling the heavily-laden boats along using dense coir ropes.

Atlanta Falcon.

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‘Atlanta Falcon’  Szőke, 2017

This imposing sculpture stands in pride of place outside the Mercedes Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, USA; home of the ‘Atlanta Falcons’ American football team. The fierce bird of prey was created by Hungarian sculptor, Gábor Miklós Szőke in 2017.The falcon is constructed from thousands of stainless-steel laser-cut sections and a large cast bronze football. The sculpture is the largest freestanding bird sculpture in the world measuring almost 21 metres wide, 12.5 metres high and weighing in at an impressive 32 tons.

S-Printing Horse

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‘S-Printing Horse’  Goertz, 2000

The world’s largest equine sculpture is located outside the Print Media Academy in Heidelberg, Germany. The structure stands at 13 metres high, 15 metres long, 4 metres wide, and weighs 90 tons. The sculpture was designed by Jürgen Goertz in 2000 and is constructed from stainless steel and aluminium. This 3 legged horse is said to symbolise the three phases of the printing process; the eyes symbolise the ‘prepress’ phase of scanning the setting copies, the barrel shape on the body represents the ‘cycle of the printing press’, (the face set within the barrel shape is said to serve as a reference for the warden that watches over the printing process) and the tail is represented as a book to signify the ‘processing of the print’ .

Floralis Generica

Floralis Generica metals4U top 10 sculptures

‘Floralis Generica’, Catalano, 2002.

Floralis Generica stands at 23 metres high and weighs in at an impressive 18 tons. This beautiful flower sculpture is the work of Argentinian architect, Eduardo Catalano. The sculpture was made in 2002 and is situated in the Plaza de las Naciones Unidas, Avenida Figueroa Alcorta, Buenos Aires. The flower is constructed from stainless steel over an aluminium skeleton set into reinforced concrete. The sculpture in sited in a pool to both emphasise and reflect the drama of the piece, and to prevent access to the mechanism that opens the petals in the morning and then closes them again in the evening or in the case of high winds.

Cloud Gate (The Bean)

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Cloud Gate’ Kapoor. 2006

Cloud Gate was created between 2004 and 2006 by Sir Anish Kapoor. Officially named Cloud Gate, it is not hard to see how it has become widely referred to as ‘The Bean’. It is constructed from 168 stainless steel plates; so skilfully worked that no exterior seams can be seen.  Located in Chicago in Illinois, visitors can walk around the huge 33 x 66 x 42 ft structure and under the 12 ft central arch to marvel at the deformation of reflections from its differing convex and concave structured sections.

Maman

Maman metals4U top 10 sculptures

‘Maman’  Bourgeois. 1999

If you have a phobia of spiders this isn’t the one for you. Created by Louise Bourgeois from stainless steel and marble, Maman can be seen in all its 30ft high, 33ft wide glory at the Tate Modern in London. Take a walk around it – and underneath it – to appreciate the sheer scale of what can be created with a lot of metal and a little imagination. The sculpture at the Tate Modern was created in 1999 for Bourgeois’ inaugural commission of the Unilever Series (2000), a further 6 bronze castings have been made since.

Eros Bendato (The Head)

Eros Bendato metals4U top 10 sculptures

‘Eros Bendato’  Mitoraj, 2003.

Known locally as ‘The Head’, this imposing piece depicting the head of Eros is by Polish artist, Igor Mitoraj, and is located in the market square in Krakόw. Mitoraj gifted the bronze sculpture to the city in 2003 and it was initially intended to be situated the Galeria Krakόwska, however, the artist did not want his art placed outside a commercial building; after a haggle and a little controversy, the sculpture was finally sited outside the Town Hall Tower in the main market square where it provides a backdrop for many tourist photographs.

Angel of the North

angel of the north metals4U top 10 sculptures

‘Angel of the North’. Gormley. 1998.

Standing proud since 1998 in Low Eighton, Gateshead, on the outskirts of Newcastle, the Angel of the North is both imposing and iconic. Designed by sculptor Anthony Gormley, this 66ft tall angel has a wing span of 177ft and is constructed from Cor Ten weathering steel. The Angel of the North took four years to build and was inspired by three themes; to remember and honour the coal miners who worked in the area, to mark the shift from an industrial age to an information age, and, to act as a beacon of hope.

If you are inspired by these amazing works of art, why not check out our full range of metals to get your next creative project underway!