888 is an inverted cube sandstone sculpture from the geometric series.
It is a 300mm, 90 kg red and cream/gold Grampians sandstone cube balanced on a single vertex.
The sculpture is set on a fiddle back redgum base and mounted on a custom 888mm tall, anodised red powder-coated aluminium stand. Designed to reflect the curvature of Chinese roofing architecture.
The number eight and two versions of the Chinese symbol for eight are sculpted into the detail on three of the cube's faces.
Weight: approximately 90kg
Stone sculpture size: 300mm cube
Timber plinth: 370mm square, 70mm high fiddle back redgum
Powder-coated aluminium stand: 888mm tall
888 is an indoor sculpture exhibited at The Andamooka open-air sculpture studio
Cal the Stoner commences sculpting 888 as a live installation at the annual Kyneton Lost Trades Fair. Some might say that the four years Cal participated in the Kyneton Lost Trades Fair inspired the artists early developments in style, design and complexity. The Lost Trades Fair requires exhibitors to display their trade to live audiences over a weekend. Cal used this opportunity to push the boundaries of his practise.
888 is currently exhibited at the artists studio.
888 has been exhibited in Melbourne with the Association of Sculptors Victoria, As part of the St Kilda Art Crawl. And in the South Australian Living Arts Festival.
Prior to commencing animate objects (The Andamooka Tiger and The Goddess), the artist was transitioning from master craftsman to master sculptor. The early works draw heavily from architectural themes with the animated elements represented by the stones natural features crafted by the sculptor into detail.
888 was the artists first sculpture where the detail was pre-ordained as opposed to organically formed.