Speaking in the most general of terms, there are two similar yet different schools of thought in the world of sculpture. There are those who ‘see’ the sculpture within the medium and bring it forth, and then there are those who prefer to let the medium decide what the eventual sculpture will be. A work such as this is one that easily blurs the already unclear lines between these two distinctions.
The Alde Valley Spring Festival, held annually in Suffolk in the United Kingdom, is a young tradition started in 2009 that serves as a four week long celebration of food, farming, landscape, and the arts. Alex Johnson, as part of his art residency, decided to submit this stellar single-piece chair to the festival. Carved from a single stump of a felled oak tree, he spent several long months carving this throne-like creation.