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CLIP 4927

Hew Locke's sculpture 'Beast'

Hew Locke's sculpture 'Beast'
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Key Info
  • Hew Locke's sculpture 'Beast'
  • Duration: 07:22
  • Artist Hew Locke uses cardboard to create highly decorative pieces of work, transforming something that is cheap into something that is precious. He demonstrates the techniques he uses to create a sculpture from start to finish. He describes how he wants to create an animal that is trapped, packaged and tied down to a table. He demonstrates how he constructed his sculpture from wood and built it up with newspaper and masking tape, which he covered with fur, and finally packaged with cardboard, using wording from customs such as Air Mail. He is interested in exotic new arrivals to Britain - things that should not be here but are here. He wanted the piece to be attractive and scary at the same. The sculpture could be a real beast from Windsor or a mythical creature. We also see some of his cardboard portraits of Royalty.
  • Subject:

    Art and Design

       Topic:

    Sculpture

  • Keywords: Hew Locke, royalty, Queen, Queen mother, materials, cardboard, packaging, mythical creatures
Ideas for use in class
  • Useful to show how everyday materials can be transformed into works of beauty and value. Could be used to generate a debate on what constitutes value in art.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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