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Skytower Sculpture :: Rob Mulholland and the Power of Nature

Skytower is the latest sculpture by Scottish sculptor and installation artist Rob Mulholland. Located on a barren and windswept hillside in Central Scotland, Skytower refers to Constructivism but also explores the factors of natural chaos and de-construction, observing the balance between order and chaos, force and reaction.

Rob Mulholland sculptor and installation artist

Rob Mulholland – Photo Ashley Coombes

Rob Mulholland Skytower, Rawyards Woodland Park, Scotland

Rob Mulholland Skytower, Rawyards, Scotland – Photo Ashley Coombes

Rob Mulholland Skytower, Rawyards, Airdrie, Scotland

Rob Mulholland Skytower, Rawyards, Scotland – Photo Ashley Coombes

Rob Mulholland Skytower, Rawyards Woodland Park, Scotland

Rob Mulholland Skytower, Rawyards, Scotland – Photo Ashley Coombes

Rob Mulholland Skytower Detail, Airdrie, Scotland

Rob Mulholland Skytower Detail, Rawyards, Scotland

Rob Mulholland Skytower Sculpture, Rawyards Woodland Park, Scotland

Rob Mulholland Skytower Detail, Rawyards, Scotland

Rob Mulholland Skytower Sculpture, Rawyards, Airdrie, Scotland

Rob Mulholland Skytower, Rawyards, Scotland

Struck by the commanding views and the openness and scale of the landscape on his first visit to the location at Rawyards Woodland Park in Airdrie, Rob was inspired to create a sculpture that would reflect the power of nature.

The purposefully geometric tower makes reference to monolithic stones and historical architectural structures. Standing six metres high Skytower appears to battle against the elements as an unseen force, a sudden gust of wind, an unstoppable force of nature rips through the fragile structure scattering the branches and re-shaping the tower. This moment of flux is captured and frozen in time. The image defies gravity as the sticks are suspended, floating in mid-air.

Made from cut lengths of metal rod which have been shaped to resemble sticks and willow, each rod has been welded and interwoven to create the structure, involving over six thousand welds and fourteen hundred metres of steel rod.

Skytower asks us to consider the fragility of man-made structures, as civilisation endeavours to push the boundaries of physics and construction methods in Architecture and to reflect on the relationship and balance we have with nature. The resounding message is that nature will endure and control our destiny regardless of the technological advances humankind makes.

Commissioned by Forestry Commission Scotland, the opening ceremony for Skytower takes place at Rawyards Woodland Park, Airdrie on June 18. You can see more of Rob’s work on his website.

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