More London – “Couple”

These individual sculptures are of a man and a woman but are also quite clearly a couple. They are by Stephan Balkenhol. He is a contemporary German artist known for his monumental statues of the human form. These pieces are made from wood, which is typical of his work. He uses a variety of woods, including poplar and Douglas fir and crafts his works out of single blocks using hammers, power saws, and chisels.DSC_4385.JPG

Balkenhol (B.1957 in Fritzlar, Germany) works fast, retaining the chisel marks in his finished pieces. The sculptures are sited above the eye-line, forcing viewers to look up. They reference the office workers of which there are many in this riverside district of London just off Tooley Street.



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