A WOLF IN SHEEP'S CLOTHING
Steel, Flock, Sponge, cheap Plastic Flowers
180cm x 120cm
A front end loader (Caterpillar 950-H) for a number of reasons was chosen as the vehicle for this piece. Primarily because it is menacing, the architecture/design of it is all strength, aggression and masculinity. Especially the teeth on the front of the shovel and the treads on the tires. In movement it is full of a sort of awkward muscular grace (yes kind of an oxymoron).
The surface texture was chosen for the obvious visual irony that it proposes which fuses the idealism that a child has and the realities exposed as an adult in relation to construction and the machinery used to achieve it. And hence the title which reflects on the often life changing displacements of land, architecture, families and people that these machines are fundamental in creating. For better or worse...