Two stunning new sculptures are wowing visitors to the University of Stirling.
“Where is the 4th Dimension?” has been located outside the University’s Cottrell Building. The piece - in Lasa marble on a black granite plinth – was created by Scottish sculptor Kate Thomson.
A second piece – “Bijin” by Thomson’s partner artist Hironori Katagiri - is located in the Japanese sculpture courtyard at the University’s Pathfoot Building. "Bijin" was inspired by a series of Japanese Ukiyoe portraits: “Bijin” means beautiful and elegant lady in Japanese.
Both artists have created other works on show around the University’s main Stirling campus.
Jane Cameron, the University’s Art Curator, said: “We’re delighted to welcome these new additions to our art collection. They add to the stunning landscapes we have around the University campus – and we encourage people to come on site and see them.”
** Sculptor Kate Thomson has been working on the international stage for the past 25 years.
After graduating in Fine Art from Newcastle University, she worked for 3 years as a community artist in the Gorbals in Glasgow, where in 1989 she was also one of the six Founding Directors of the Glasgow Sculpture Studios, before starting to work on site-specific public sculptures for parks, gardens, and buildings all over the world, from inner city re-developments and prestigious new building projects, to established sites like the British Embassy in Tokyo. Kate’s work is abstracted from the human form and landscape, exploring relationships in physical, cultural and social space. Her beautifully crafted marble pieces use form to articulate light and life, and touch on something essential yet unique in all of us.
** Hironori Katagiri was born in Kesennuma, Japan and studied art at Miyagi University Of Education. He has exhibited internationally and creates many of his works for public commissions. His work can be found in public and private collections all over the world; within the UK they can be seen in Cambridge and at The University of Stirling. During the Mid-80s Katagiri came to Aberdeen to work in the Scottish Sculpture Studio in Aberdeenshire and in 1988 he co-founded the Glasgow Sculpture Studios.