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Caro's US sculpture task is hot stuff
Bransford -based sculptor Caro Sweet’s latest big cast- iron sculpture has been selected for exhibition in America.
A two-year exhibition at Sculpture Trails Outdoor Museum in Indiana opened this summer and showcases work by international contemporary fine artists.
Ms Sweet was approached by the museum’s director Gerard Masse last year and asked if she would create a work for the exhibition.
Inspired by a recent visit to the Niagara Falls and the Trails’ beautiful surroundings, she created the sculpture in only one week, before returning to the UK.
She said: “We were on a tight time schedule and the crew were all in place, ready and willing, so I rose to the challenge and just got on with it.”
The iron sculpture, Ascension, weighing more than 600lbs, was cast in a spectacular night-time pour.
It is the largest work to be cast from the Trails furnace.
Despite a heatwave the crew worked flat out constructing concrete pads, applying fixings and craning the sculpture into position for the exhibition.
Ms Sweet added: “I thought working with an angle grinder and leathers in that environment was tough, but they certainly have the Olympic spirit and know how to ‘go for gold’.
“I am very lucky to have worked with people of such extraordinary dedication and expertise.”
The artist can be seen creating a sculpture from start to finish at her Open Studio in Bransford, near Worcester, during Herefordshire Art Week, September 8-16.
The studio will be open daily from 10.30am-5pm and Ms Sweet will be on hand to chat about her projects.
Details can be found in the h.Art Guide, by visiting h-art.org.uk or contacting Ms Sweet on 07970 505733.