Awakening , Inge King
  • Artist
    Inge King
  • Born
    1918
  • Title
    Awakening
  • Date of Production
    1985-1987
  • Medium
    steel, painted
  • Dimensions
    1260 x 910 x 410 mm
  • Credit Details
    L.J. Wilson Bequest Fund and George Crouch Acquisition, 1995

Inge King

Awakening

Inge King, who trained at the Berlin Academy of Arts, The Royal Academy, London and the Glasgow School of Arts, emigrated to Australia in 1951.  A foundation member of the Centre Five group with interests in the integration of sculpture with architecture, King began using welded steel as a medium in 1959.

From using bold shapes against the vastness of the Australian landscapes to explore shapes and their metamorphosis, King sees sculpture as "a drawing from 1000 angles" or "a vision in motion".  With its uninterrupted smooth convex and concave surfaces and clearly defined edges, the maquette Awakening is an elegant, dynamic form arising from the ground.  Unlike the full scale version made from polished ground stainless steel that stands in Burwood Park, Sydney, the maquette is made from black painted steel that absorbs rather than reflects light.  There is, however, still a play of light on the surface that is captured by the viewer when walking around the pod like form.