"The Speed of Time’ adds Summit flavor to Luxembourg
BRECKENRIDGE – Breckenridge artist Steuart Bremner was the only sculptor to represent not only Summit County, but also the United States, with his 10-foot steel sculpture “The Speed of Time,” completed July 24 in Beaufort, Luxembourg.
A jury of Luxembourgian cultural ministers and international art professionals commissioned Bremner to sculpt a piece in Beaufort’s second biennial sculpture symposium. He and seven artists from throughout the world, including Brazil, France, Austria, Australia, Mexico and Italy, worked for 10 days to produce eight steel sculptures, which will add to Beaufort’s collection of public art for its future sculpture garden.
One of the symposium’s organizers, who knew of Bremner’s work from snow sculpture competitions in Breckenridge and Canada, invited Bremner to submit his proposal.
Each artist began with three pieces of 2 mm steel and used different techniques to complete art projects following the theme, “The 21st century at full speed.”
Bremner submitted his idea for an ancient sundial that could tell time and act as a receptacle for more modern timepieces – watches.
“When I look at things, I tend to twist things around and (I) thought, “What about an ancient timepiece? What about going back to what time is all about, to slow it down and look at it as an ancient time piece?'” Bremner said.
He designed his sculpture to look like an ancient stone tablet that has sunk into the ground and broken, creating a point that acts as a sundial. The hollow interior may hold tens of thousands of watches, which may be seen through one-eighth-of-an-inch-wide slots marking the passage of time.
So far the 30 watches he collected in Summit County and the 50-60 watches he collected in Luxembourg barely cover the first layer, but he expects observers to continue to drop watches in the box.
“It’s more conceptual that they’re filling up,” he said.
However, the watches also may be recycled someday.
“In the future, it’s like a little mine of these watch batteries. In their waterproof, sealed containers they should be OK to recycle, so the town can earn back some money on its sculpture,” he said.
Though Bremner worked daily from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., he had plenty of adventures.
The first began when Bremner wanted to add texture to his metal sheets, so he found a road construction site and asked workers to run over his 4-by-10-foot sheets. He placed rocks beneath and above the steel, and a steamroller took care of the rest.
For the first few days he worked on the sundial, the sun didn’t shine, making him wonder if Beaufort was the place for a timepiece that relied on shadows. Finally, the clouds thinned in the village of 1,500 residents, and the sculpture told time.
To complete his piece, he used fallen stones from a historic castle wall in town and marked certain hours where the shadow falls.
Bremner plans to apply for the third of six scheduled symposiums in Beaufort. The first symposium produced wood sculptures, and the third, in 2004, will produce stone pieces.
To view photos of the sculptures and the event, visit http://www.artinbeaufort.lu.
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