Richard Thornton - 'No.23 Folding Sail'
'No.23 Folding Sail'
Polished stainless steel
Height - 263cms
Width - 120cms
Depth - 70cms
Richard Thornton's sculptures are organic in nature and elemental in their power. Stainless steel is crafted into forms that reference and reflect nature and its limitless potential. This is projected through sweeping curves, shell-like spirals and arcs that reach skyward.
His sculptures range in scale from tabletop size, where every fold of steel and intersecting line can be followed and traced by eye, to the monumental where the viewer almost becomes part of the sculpture liberated by the scale and inspired by the elegance of movement. Any trace of the force needed to shape such complex pieces is expertly concealed by their often balletic nature.
Richard has over 25 years experience as a sculptor and site specific artist, he has completed more than 45 public art commissions for a variety of private, local authority and individual clients. These include a monumental work at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, a piece for the University of Bradford, sculpture at Bio City in Nottingham and a unique sculpture for Midlands Air Ambulance.