New sculpture goes on display at the Lichfield Garrick

A new artwork has gone on display at the Lichfield Garrick.

Calumet the Peace-Pipe by Don Ratcliffe is the latest sculpture to be displayed at the venue as part of a national initiative.

Artist Don Ratcliffe with his sculpture Calumet the Peace-Pipe

Artist Don Ratcliffe with his sculpture Calumet the Peace-Pipe

The theatre is working with the Sculpture and Art Foundation CIC to offer an opportunity for artists to showcase their work.

Tim Ford, artistic director at the Lichfield Garrick, said: “Caulmet the Peace-Pipe is a wonderful new addition to our box office area.

“The Sculpture and Art Foundation are bringing the very best work by local and nation artists into Lichfield and we are proud to support this.”

Made from ancient cedar root discovered in Newnham on Severn, artist Don has carved and sculpted the material to form the artwork.

He received his first major sculpture commission in 2007, before embarking on a solo exhibition in 2011.

“I try to imagine how forms I see in nature are created out of movement,” Don said. “I am constantly in awe of what I discover.

“I work with wood, often root wood, engaging with the flowing life beneath its gnarled surface. Knots, cracks, and bark create contrast.

“To begin with I may have a theme that I want to explore but I cannot make a plan. A conversation develops with that particular piece of wood. I have to trust in the process.”

Calumet is the second piece of work to be displayed on Plinth 1, following Ariel by Viv Astling. The latest work will be on display until November.

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