Kiftsgate Court Commission24th September 2015
Pete was commissioned to create a large scale outdoor sculpture for Kiftsgate Court in Gloucestershire.
The sculpture is a celebration of life. Celebrating plant forms and the cycle of new growth and regeneration. The overall form represents a leaf. Seeds, spores or pollen could be seen to be represented by the negative spaces – their presence suggested by their absence – gone in the wind to create new growth.
The geometric form of the sculpture and the elegant curves reference Islamic art traditions. The Islamic geometric patterns were inspired by forms found in nature – plant forms, petal arrangements etc. Extending this theme further, the skeleton vein pattern of a leaf have been replaced with an Islamic geometric pattern. This particular pattern originates from the Huand Hatun mosque in Kayseri, Turkey and would have originated approx. in 1200AD. This connection of the sculpture with another part of the world is a reminder that all life on earth is connected in one eco system.
The leaf is comprised of three flanges – they could be seen to represent each of the three generations of women gardeners at Kiftsgate – each having their significant and unique impact on the renowned gardens and landscaping. The work is also intended to give a sense of balance and harmony, being delicate but strong, supporting and being supported – rising – celebrating life.
The sculpture is contemporary but it is intended that the juxtaposition of modern art in the period estate is sympathetic. It is hoped and that the sculpture draws ones eye up the avenue of trees inviting a closer inspection.
The name Aspora is formed by combining the ancient Greek words spora (spores) and diaspora (scattering/ dispersion).