A landscape in motion.
A sculptural bench seating piece, animalistic/insectoid alien in its stance with a dynamic presence that almost has a life of its own.
Acquired in 2011 by Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin for the Pavilion Saint-Leonard in Reims, France.
Primarily inspired by the fluidity of speed in movement over the rise and fall of the chalk South Downs Hill formation stretching out along the South coast of England. Insictor transcends scales as the piece is also suggestive of a insect/animalistic form in motion. In many ways sitting on Insictor is almost to become part of the work itself - the pilot and navigator.
Bleached ash wood, stainless steel.
H 850 mm
"Alun makes no bones about what he hopes his work will suggest to people. He wants you to be ‘astounded’ – but at every level. Insictor does just that. It’s a truly mesmerising form which on first viewing momentarily camouflages its true identity as a seat. At 3.7 metres long and fashioned from bleached ash, it is a sinuous otherworldly skeletal and organic form that floods your head with a wealth of alternative metaphors. Part insect and underpinned by barely glimpsed stainless steel connectors, Insictor is a tactile masterpiece that still remains true to the tree in its heart. Little wonder that Veuve Clicquot has acquired it to grace its pavilion in Reims."
Marc Allum for Luxure magazine / 'Seats of Power' 2011
At the V&A - London Design Festival 2010
Insictor - sculptural bench form carved from bleached ash wood.
Insictor - shown at the Sackler Centre, V&A, London Design Festival 2010
Detail showing compound curvatures and stainless steel skeleton form in gap set leg joints.