Juiced Lime (2003)


Juiced Lime (2003)

Materials:Steel & Concrete
Dimensions:32" (H) x 66" (L) x 41" (W)
Location: Art Gallery of St. Albert
19 Perron Street

Juiced Lime is a great example of the general style of Ken Macklin’s work during the early 2000’s, which he describes as his "concrete period".

Inspiration for this ten-year series of works came after Macklin toured Central America, specifically Mexico, where he studied Mayan architecture. During his travels he visited Copan and the Yucatan Peninsula (archaeological sites of the Maya civilization in Mexico). He also visited Guatemala (Tikal National Park a UNESCO world heritage site). Macklin was particularly struck by the exteriors of Mayan architecture and how nature had, over time, reclaimed the ruins.

Upon his return Macklin began utilizing concrete in his sculptures to represent the stone structures and relics he had seen. Juiced Lime employs many of the ideas the artist brought home to Canada with him. The grey concrete represents the crumbling ruins. The steel (painted green with Endura paint) portrays the natural elements – root, jungle and plant life.

Macklin explains that there is a strong link between his work and nature. As an artist he has always been inspired by the environment, trees and plant life. His principal objective with the sculpture Juiced Lime is to capture his impressions of the jungle. Referring to Juiced Lime, Macklin mentioned that he has always enjoyed that forms made of concrete are open to interpretation, much like looking at clouds.

Macklin hopes that viewers take away uplifting, positive feelings from an experience with his work.

The City of St. Albert gratefully acknowledges Kristin & James Morgan for their generous donation of Juiced Lime.

Learn more about this artwork in this YouTube video

Description and video courtesy of the Art Gallery of St. Albert.


Ken Macklin

Ken Macklin has been working as a professional artist since 1980. His sculpture may be found in multiple municipal, gallery, university and institutional collections in Canada, the U.S and Europe. He is an internationally exhibited, and internationally award winning sculptor whose studio is located in Gunn, Alberta. His artworks have been exhibited in New York and Europe including Le Louvre in France.

Macklin studied sculpture and ceramics at the University of Alberta from 1972 to 1978 and advanced sculpture at St. Martins School of Art in London, England in 1979. He has attended international workshops at the Emma Lake Artists' Workshop; the Triangle Workshop in its inaugural year at Mashomack, NY and again as a group leader in 1986; the Triangle Workshop in Barcelona in 1987; the Phil Berman Sculpture Workshop in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 1993; from 1994 to 1996 Mayan sculpture and architecture in Guatamala, Yucatan, Honduras and Central America; and advanced international art and art history studies from 2005 to 2009 in seven European Cities; His artwork can be found in public collections in St. Albert, Edmonton and Calgary; at the Catalunya Institute of Contemporary Art, Barcelona; Lehigh Valley Hospital, Pennsylvania; Lock Haven University, Pennsylvania; and Robert T Webb Sculpture Park, Dalton, Georgia to name a few.

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