Fructus, Corpus, Phyllotaxus
Fructus, Corpus and Phyllotaxus are three large scale sculptures, each 2.5m in height, that were temporarily sited on the University campus next to the Roland Levinsky building. Carved from Kilkenny limestone the sculptures represent organic forms and natural patterns.
Artist: Peter Randall-Page
Date: Jan 2014 – 2017
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On loan from the artist
The sculptures were installed to coincide with a new exhibition of the artist’s work titled ‘Peter Randall-Page: New Sculpture and Works on Paper’. Presented as one show displayed across two venues, Peninsula Arts Gallery and Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, the exhibition was his first major exhibition in the region for twenty-five years.
For these sculptures Randall-Page chose this particular sedimentary stone due to its connections with the themes of geometry and mathematic principles of nature’s growth patterns. Kilkenny limestone is teeming with the fossilised remains of animal and plant life, which gives it the organic, textural characteristics it’s known for.
They were installed together as a trio weighing more than 12 tonnes each.
Fructus (2009) is a study of botanical forms, particularly growth patterns and the sensual, tactile nature of ripened fruit.
Corpus (2009) was formed on the idea of an endless coil, revealing connotations of the brain, snakes, vortexes of water and energy held within.
Phyllotaxus (2013) is the most mathematical of the three; relating to the Fibonacci sequence, the natural growth pattern found in organic forms such as sunflower seed heads.
Together they convey the unseen power of nature and the connectedness of all things.
About the Artist
Peter Randall-Page has an international reputation for his sculptural and drawing work. He has undertaken a variety of larger scale commissions and both public and private collections of his work are held worldwide.
His inspiration is rooted in the study of natural phenomenon such as the principles of growth, the forms it produces and how geometry connects organic forms together.
In 1999 he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Arts from the University of Plymouth.