John Edgar

John Edgar – Font

Basalt – $8,200.00

John Edgar sculptor
Font – basalt (Lunn Avenue Quarry, Auckland) 65 (h) 76 (w) 64 (d) cm

Bowls are one of the most important and ubiquitous human implements.  Their origins are as old as us.  From a lake surrounded by hills to the great bowl of the night and from a bowl of food to a fire pit they sustain and nurture us.  They are simple and evocative, peaceful and benign.  And they hold water.  The still pond, a natural bowl of water, was the first mirror and it was there that humans first saw themselves.

As a keen landscaper and gardener at my home in the kauri forest at Karekare I am well aware of the physical and symbolic importance of water in a garden.  Large bowls that hold water have many important references to the ritual acts of libation, cleansing, christening and drinking – acts that refresh, revitalise and renew body and spirit in the same that gardens do.  I do not propose that these sculptures have continuous water supply, but that they are filled by the rain or by the gardener.  In my own garden I have such water bowls and the act of filling them to overflowing is very satisfying.

John Edgar sculptor. Sculpture Park at Wharepuke


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