The ROOK RAIDER 'flies' with articulated wings moving gently in a breeze. It is supported a meter off the ground by only a 6mm stainless steel rod. This huge bird glides in to land with an expression which is half amused and half menacing.
This was the first in a series of work exploring the use of sheet copper to construct beaten and welded sculpture. It is uncommon for thin sheet (particularly copper) to be welded rather than soldered. Sioban wanted to make work on a larger scale, in a direct method, a bird light enough to 'fly' and that would give the impression of solidity and form. Soldered joints would not suffice.
Sioban sought the help she needed from an experienced welder. He was at that time running a course in an agricultural college to begin this new skill.
The work is not polished or as accomplished as say, that of the DANCING PARTNERS, but there is a liveliness and rawness about the piece which gives it charm.
Dimensions: 90cm x 1.5Metres x 1Metre H
Medium: Beaten & Welded Copper
Edition size: UNIQUE
Collection: Private Collection
Works in this period (1996 - 2002):