The Wizard of Oz is an ambitious new sculptural project due for completion in December 2016. It will feature four larger-than-life sculptures of each of the characters from the classic 1939 film: Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Cowardly Lion.
The sculptures will be cast in ciment fondu (concrete) and will sit atop four Cor-Ten steel plinths. They will be exhibited at Strathnairn Gallery Canberra for three weeks and will also be viewable online.
Some have asked: why the Wizard of Oz? The answer is two-fold: 1) the Wizard of Oz is a classic film that has stood the test of time. Why is that so many other films from the same era have been forgotten, yet this particular film has been remembered? In my work, I endeavour to create forms which also stand the test of time - physically and metaphorically speaking.
2) The central thematic element of the Wizard of Oz which intrigues me is the idea of human "incompleteness" - that we are all searching for some part we miss. For example, the Scarecrow lacks a brain (intellect) and his personal quest in the film is to find a brain. The experience that follows as result of this incompleteness, is a kind of suffering - what the Buddhists call "dukka".