LOVE AND KISSES 2012
25 x 6 x 2.2m / 82 x 19.2 x 7.2ft
Designed as a scar, a healed wound, Love and Kisses is about healing, transformation and mans spiritual birth. Viewed from eye level the sculpture forms a heart, and when viewed from above a pair of lips.
The sculpture, located at the centre of the Abbotshaugh Community Woodland, Falkirk, has an overall length of 25 meter and is fabricated from 22 tons of “weathering steel” better know as Cor-Ten steel, a material specially developed for bridge construction which forms its own protective coating under the influence of the weather. Left exposed the steel continually rusts, regenerating a new skin, to naturally heal its own wounds, a characteristic unique to this material and the flesh of living things.
Love and Kisses takes its shape from the Mandorla, the “almond” created from two overlapping circles, also known as Vesica Piscis, a profound geometric image of ancient and modern times which has been used to depict sacred moments that transcend time and space such as the Resurrection and Transfiguration. In Christian teachings the Transfiguration is a pivotal moment presented as the point where human nature meets God: the meeting place for the temporal and the eternal, with Jesus himself as the connecting point, acting as the bridge between heaven and earth, between the divine and human. In Freemasonry the Vesica Piscis has the meaning “division from unity” suggesting we have lost our way and this is a way to return to the correct path. The Mandorla, traditionally known as the womb or the vulva, is the opening from whence all of creation is born and man reborn.
See the fabrication and installation of Love and Kisses below: