MICHAEL FAIRFAX

PUBLIC ARTIST, SCULPTOR, DESIGNER

     
                     
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ABINGDON MLFMMVI NEEDLE
     
   
         
   
         
 
Abingdon MLFMMV1 Needle stands at the entrance to the grounds of Abingdon Abbey. A Bath stone spire topped with stainless steel reflecting its environment. The title places the time forever yet the stone and shape are timeless. Abingdon is built of Bath stone; it stands testimony to its architectural heritage. The shape: of turrets, towers and rockets! If we look at Abingdon’s Town crest we see a lightening flash which celebrates Abingdon’s ability to look to the future from printing to astronomy. The flash of stainless steel atop this sculpture takes the Bath stone into the 21st century, a material synonymous with modernity.
When researching for this artwork I looked to the past and to the future. The Abbey was built, knocked down and built again only to fall again. The outline is all we now see. I have the sculpture standing on a paved area which depicts the shape of the Abbey and its alignment, the shape talks monasterial, it nods to the past and the vicinity of the Abbey. The future looks to the sun, collects the dust of comets with ever-vigilant eyes. This sculpture nods quietly to all these sentiments. 1.03.07