Thursday August 11th 2022. Late evening to early morning in the UK … Covid Man & Sturgeon Moon
A Sturgeon Moon.
Named Sturgeon Moon after the indigenous peoples of North America who fished for sturgeon fish in the Great Lakes when this moon appeared.
Apparently it’s one of the rare occasions when the moon is closer to the Earth in its orbit, hence its brightness and size.
On this occasion the air was also particularly clear.
Framed against the moon is my homage to the Covid pandemic – my ‘Covid Man’ looking down on us in a protective spirt during those difficult times. He is still there watching silently over us, unmoved, untroubled, presenting a presence and occupying a space that would otherwise simply be vacant with nothing to say. The power of sculpture. Constructed from jesomite, he has stood the test of time and will continue to do so.
Covid man framed against the Sturgeon Moon, follows the symbolism of this being the last super moon of the year representing a letting go of the past and moving on with positive anticipation to the future.
Covid Man & Sturgeon Moon
Art-Tales is a magazine blog site following the journeys and reflections through the art world of artist, sketcher, art historian and critic Al Beckett.
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Al regularly visits the major galleries in the UK and whenever possible, mainland Europe and the USA. He keeps up to date by subscribing to many periodicals, viewing documentaries and the news in general.
Al paints and sculpts himself and frequently sketches in-situ. He has written a book ‘The Primacy of Your Eye’ designed to give people some insights to enhance their experiences in galleries. Fully illustrated with 400 sketches and drawings of major art works and their artists, the book takes the reader on a journey through topics to perhaps consider enriching the viewing experience.
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