BEING WITH OAK BY CONLETH GENT [SCULPTURE IN CONTEXT 2015]
Back in 2015 I had a very interesting conversation with the artist and he devoted much time to explaining many of the works on display in the Botainic Gardens [Sculpture In Context 2015].
“My sculptures are works of individualistic, personal expression. I hope they reveal my love of nature and my interest in the struggle of humanity”
An African legend states that spirits of dead beings choose trees as a resting place, between the worlds. A wood carver or sculptor has only to scratch away the surface of the wood to reveal the spirit inhabiting the tree. In African culture wood carvers are given a special place in the community, and are well respected for their creativity. They have the ability to show to everyone the beauty and magic that lurk in a dead piece of fire wood.