LAB2016 Sculptors’ Exploration Continues

10 Nov 2016 Ferado

November 9

Today, as I explored with these sculptors, I discovered that sculpting is not an easy job. Through makeshift shelter, heat of the sun( with the occasional rain), the deafening, roaring sound of the sculpting instruments, the marble dust blowing everywhere, the need for greater muscle strength as one wrestles with the marble slab and the instrument, and the creativity to make masterpieces,I can say these sculptors are doing a great job. I salute and give honor to these dedicated Langkawi Art Biennale 2016 sculptors..

Laxman and Raju seeking the right tools for their projects
Laxman and Raju seeking the right tools for their marble projects

Today, a group of sculptors went to the forest to continue with their marble projects.

On our way to the forest.  The green trees are so refreshing.
On our way to the forest. The green trees are so refreshing.
Our venue for the sculptors' production. We call it "The Marble Place".
Our venue for the sculptors’ production. We call it “The Marble Place”.

GEARING UP FOR WORK

Maxine comes fully geared, "battle-ready" for the task.
Maxine comes fully geared, “battle-ready” for the task.
And fully equipped with the tools, too, like a doctor ready for a major surgery operation.
And fully equipped with the tools, too, like a doctor ready for a major surgery operation.
Laxman securing the marble base of his project.
Laxman securing the marble base of his project.
Laxman and Raju waiting for their marbles to be cut through this machine.
Laxman and Raju waiting for their marbles to be cut through this machine.
Lewis; cutting and hewing gives off that marble dust that was blown by the wind all over the place.
Lewis’ cutting and hewing gives off that marble dust that was blown by the wind all over the place. Take note of his whitened arms! the marble dust gave all of us free powder.
Baliram did her share of the job.
Baliram did her share of the job.
Maxine, still looking good with her half-finished piece.
Maxine, still looking good with her half-finished piece.
Anup working on the details of this piece.
Anup working on the details of this piece.
Laxman concentrating on his "quill" project.
Laxman concentrating on his “quill” project.
Raju fully focused on his "mountain" project.
Raju fully focused on his “mountain” project.
The sculptors' makeshift shelter.  The heat of the sun did not stop them. At some point though, it rained and they have to rest for awhile.
The sculptors’ makeshift shelter. The heat of the sun did not stop them. At some point though, it rained and they have to rest for awhile.

Celso Pepito has posted Jiks Villanueva’s output in FB with these words: “Jik is more at ease with using bronze, copper and wood in his creativity as sculptor. Allowing himself to go with the LAB2016 theme, he gladly embraced EXPLORATION to hopefully discover other medium that might add to his creative transformation. For this artwork, he challenges himself using marble.”

Jiks Villanueva's work
Jiks Villanueva’s art piece, photo courtesy of Celso Pepito
photo courtesy of Maxine Xie Xian Xin
photo courtesy of Maxine Xie Xian Xin
Time together for lunch break.
Time together for lunch break.

POSTNOTE:

My discovery for the day: this egg container when lighted, gives off smoke that drives mosquitos away,

Now we’re beginning to see the formerly shapeless marble slabs are now slowly taking shape.

And everybody is happy, specially when two more sculptors from Nepal arrived today.