Between Puffed Wheat and a Tornado: Rescuing Memory, Place and Meaning

By Dan Wollmering.

Published by The International Journal of the Constructed Environment

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The term ‘sculpitecture’ identifies a hybrid activity originating from two proud disciplines. The prominent sculptor Anthony Caro was one of the first practitioners to use this term to best describes the notion of the ‘enclosed’ and ‘object’ to be one and the same. This paper uses the term to represent the notion of ‘place’ as a concept that is both fixed and unfixed that traverses between the past and present.
Referencing old mid-western architecture that once represented rural communities and their particular way of life, this presentation follows the motivations and ideas that underpinned the design and creation of an outdoor public artwork for a sculpture park in Minnesota, where the author was artist-in-residence. As such, this presentation argues that both entropy and nostalgia can exhibit profound meanings above and beyond sentimental yearnings as well as providing rich opportunities for the community to become engaged in through form and structure.

Keywords: Sculpture, Site Specific, Place, Farm Architecture

The International Journal of the Constructed Environment, Volume 1, Issue 2, pp.13-28. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 13.953MB).

Dr. Dan Wollmering

Senior Lecturer, Art & Design Faculty, Monash University, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

Dan Wollmering (PhD MA BA) is Studio Coordinator of Sculpture in the Faculty of Art and Design, Monash University, Australia. He is a prolific and passionate sculptor who creates abstract forms in aluminium, bronze, steel and wood referencing notions of sensation and architectural structures. Dr. Wollmering has held 24 solo exhibitions and work included in over 40 group shows internationally. He has given conference presentations and lectures in Australia, China, Egypt, New Zealand and the USA regarding his work and/or on specific topics related to public art/sculpture. With work included in both private and public collections in Australia, China, Japan and the USA - he has also completed major public artworks that are site- referential - using community context sources as a vehicle for meaning and ownership.