Anchorlily 2

2012 People's Choice Winner

William Grant Turnbull - Madison, Wisconsin

Artist's Statement

My work is primarily about finding aesthetic overlap in the world of biology and engineering Anchorlily 2 is part of a larger series on form and function in plant structures. Water lilies’ roots function as much to keep them in place as to bring water to the plant’s tissues. Exploring this hybrid on a larger scale would allow for a much more subtle and nuanced lace to be fabricated in the leaf portion, and a more aesthetically pleasing anchor, on a full scale ship’s anchor. A simple formal study, this sculpture is a playful, graceful, look at natural engineering and very at home by the water.  

Artist's Bio
For the last decade, Turnbull has explored the fine arts applications of all forms of glass and metal work, from state-of-the-art CAD techniques to traditional blacksmithing. For the last 3 ½ years, since earning his MFA in 2008, he has built both a collaborative studio practice and fabrication company. 11th Hour Heroics, LLC caters to the high-end custom fabrication needs of professional artists and architects in the Madison area.
Anchorlily 2
William believes the most effective and elegant solutions to any visual or engineering problem can be found in nature. This builds a bio-mimetic approach to design into his work, which frequently uses allegorical hybrids, inspired by cross pollinating the forms of nature with the methods of industry. This central process is guided and informed by site-specific visual ethnography. From 2009 to 2011, Turnbull was in the Wisconsin Arts Board’s Percent for Art mentorship program. He then began collaborating with glass artist Laura Richards and E.J. Plesko Developers. Their first joint work was Spiral Duet for Grafton, WI, in February 2011. In January 2012, Richards and Turnbull installed their next four collaborative sculptures, Samara Group, in the Village of Algonquin, IL, the first works in the city’s permanent collection. Turnbull’s other permanent public works are installed at Allen Centennial Gardens and near the Hancock Agricultural Research Station, both on the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2007, Kansas City’s downtown Crossroads Arts District in 2006 and the KCAI Campus in 2005. He received a DCCAC grant in 2010, a City of Madison MAC Signature Grant in 2009, MAC Blink Grants in 2007, 2008 and 2009. William was one of three sculptors awarded a Kansas City Parks Department “Art in the Loop” temporary grant in the program’s inaugural year, 2004. He is participating in the Art on the River program in Dubuque, Iowa in 2012-2013. William’s non-public collaborative work with Shayna Leib was featured at SOFA Chicago 2011, courtesy of the Habatat Glass Gallery-Royal Oaks. William is currently forging an organizational identity piece for the Monroe Clinic, a companion to the recent atrium fountain, and his existing decorative metalwork at the clinic designed by Kahler/Slater architects. He has just begun the research and design process for the next commissioned public work for Plesko & Associates’ Twin cities project in late 2012. 

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Sales price - $8,000