This artwork was conceived as a contemporary reference to a monolithic composition of glacial erratics, an elegant grouping of carefully executed minimal sculptures. Shayne Dark’s striking use of shape and geometric edges are meant to complement and enhance their organic surroundings, bringing art and nature together in a harmonious display. In 2015, the Albright Knox Museum added a number of Dark's large scale Glacial Series sculptures to their collection and are exhibiting them on grounds of the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens as part of their Public Art Initiative. "My inspiration for this new series came from the huge boulders, commonly known as erratics, left behind by glaciers and scattered across much of Ontario over 10,000 years ago. The Niagara Escarpment and nearby Mount Nemo have some of the best examples of huge boulders resulting from glacial transport. While researching Glacial Erratics, I found references to occurrences of rock avalanche-supraglacial transport resulting in clusters of boulders found in close proximity. These erratics tend to be irregular, with no signs of sub-glacial abrasion. The sides of the boulders are roughly planar, suggesting that some surfaces may be the original fracture planes. Fracture Zone is a grouping of 3 elements, constructed in steel, varying in size. Shayne Dark is one of Canada's most prominent sculptors. He has been awarded numerous large scale public commissions and his works are in many private and public collections around the world. Named one of the top 10 artists to watch at the recent Art Basel Miami, he has been invited to be the guest artist in residence at the Brooklyn Sculpture Center in 2016.
About Shayne Dark
Canadian, b. 1952, Saskatchewan, Canada, based in Ontario