Gallery Archive - ANDREW BURTON Walls, Mountains and Millstones 21 April 1995 - 19 May 1995
At the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, a showcase of sculptures by 'animaliers' portrays a scene of elemental carnage where tigers prey upon antelopes and lions tear horses apart.
Paradoxically, Andrew Burton's current sculptures are metaphorical creatures, emblems of today's gentler sensibility. His animals are living architectural forms, huge ponderous creatures of immense power and mobility hampered by towering appendages, and now exploited by man.
'Walls, Mountains and Millstones' is an installation evolved from a poetic association of ideas derived from Burton's travels in India and Morocco. The contrast, between the soft mass of these animals confined by a stark white edifice, is a potent reminder of the coexistence of power and vulnerability, as well as of fortitude and absurdity.