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Scaled Stem

Robert Bridgewater 1999

Melbourne sculptor Robert Bridgewater, was chosen to design and install another sculpture for the 1999 Melbourne Festival. A sinuous form detailed with intricate patterning carved in cypress macrocarpa, "Scaled Stem" can be linked with a budding plant, a club, a fishing float, kitchen utensil or scientific apparatus. Bridgewater states that the work "is part of a continuing line of enquiry concerned largely with relationships between form, pattern, craft and material and the poetic associations that can be evoked via these relationships". The organic worked textures of "Scaled Stem" highlight "an inseparability and interdependence between notions of nature and culture".