Sculptors… the work begins

8 Nov 2016

First, a meeting with Malaysian sculptor, Zul Idris

Meeting with Malaysian sculptor, Zul Idris - discussion and planning
Meeting with Malaysian sculptor, Zul Idris – discussion and planning

Zul, Mohd Hanizan, JIK and Helen Zul, Mohd Hanizan, JIK and Helen


Then the next day, it’s off to EXPLORE the island to source for materials …

The sculptors and installation artist, Fumihiko Sano jumped into 2 vans and drove around the island. Happily, they went EXPLORING!

1st stop was Kisap area… to look for pieces of wood and discarded marble, off-cuts of stone with interesting shapes, texture and colour.

Jean Lewis Dick and his students  from Mauritius
Jean Lewis Dick and his students from Mauritius

Sculptor and teacher, Jean Lewis Dick came to Langkawi Art Biennale 2016 with his students from Mauritius as part of a sculptor student exchange programme. This will give them invaluable exposure and experience – mixing, EXPLORING and learning from sculptors from various countries, using various materials and tools.

JIK : Hmm,... you look promising!
JIK : Hmm,… you look promising!

Maxine : See what I found!
Maxine : See what I found!

They even got to see the gigantic circular saw that is used to cut through these boulders.
See how huge is the saw!
See how huge is the saw!

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2nd stop was a scrap metal collection centre at Tanjung Mali. You will definitely NOT get to see this on a normal tourist package tour.

Aide : What can i do with this ??
Aide : What can i do with this ??
Dinesh Wilkes : Interesting shape
Dinesh Wilkes : Interesting shape

Camarderie among sculptors and artists was high as they put their ideas together on how they can use all resources from this island to create sculptures that relate to the theme “EXPLORATION”

Then the last stop was Zul Idris’s workshop… to start working on their pieces.

They carried all their ‘precious’ finds into the workshop. There was a shortage of equipment but they made do with what was available. It was nice to see sculptors from several nations putting their heart and mind into their task, working and sharing the tools and equipment, making it happen for Langkawi Art Biennale 2016 – Sculptors section.

The weather was rainy and cool in the morning. But come afternoon, everyone felt the heat. It was tiring,…but it was a good and productive day.

Today all the sculptors started work!