Cycle and Upstream installed at KAUST | Sopheap Pich

29 October, 2009

Upstream and Cycle at KAUST, Sopheap Pich

Installation is almost complete for Sopheap Pich’s artworks Upstream (left) and Cycle (right) at King Abdullah University of Technology (KAUST), Saudi Arabia.

Cambodian‑born Pich was commissioned as part of the KAUST International Art Program to create two artworks for the Seacourt Plaza university campus. Cycle is an undulating, organic form 6.2 metres in length, and will serve as a seating element in the Plaza. Originally made from rattan, it has been cast in bronze in UAP’s Brisbane foundry. Upstream is inspired by fish traps and aims to express movement visually. It appears to shoot upwards from the water to 8.9m high, and is made from laser cut electropolished stainless steel.

Pich’s work connects us to a simpler understanding of the process of “hands on” art making. His work emerges from a visceral experience with the materials he employs. In taking the natural forms of bamboo and rendering them in rigid metal Pich invests the latter with an organic character and a supple humanity. This translation of the natural into the man-made is part of his holistic approach to sculpture borne of an intimate understanding of his materials and subject matter, and a spiritual approach to art making. His sculptures remind us of our enduring relationships to the natural world and each other in abstract sense.

Sopheap Pich’s work also features at the upcoming Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art in Brisbane, Australia.

Upstream and Cycle at KAUST, Sopheap Pich

Cycle at KAUST, Sopheap Pich

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