Allen Horstmanshof - Sculptor

 
      

The Bodhisattva and the Bull

 

This work deliberately sets up a paradoxical visual dialogue  between icons of Eastern and Western cultures.   The initial simple idea behind this work has evolved into a complex, layered narrative that draws on the calm, reflective nature of ancient Eastern spiritualism, with vague echoes of the Buddhist Parable of the Ox, and sets that up against the rampant raw energy of the Western market driven bull.  This narrative continues as we see these two ideals merging in the new East. 

 

Some might also want to consider this work in light of the Buddhist parable of the Ox.

 

The Concept 

  

Bull maquette with construction lines

 

The steel and wire armature of the Bull

 

The bull painted and mounted in a tripod for temporary support

 

 The Bodhisattva foam core ...

 

...covered in cellulose cement and detail added

 

The face with enigmatic smile  painted with metal paint and patinated

 

 

Installed at the Swell Sculpture Show at Currumbin Beach - 2010

 

Another view of the installation