Spring 2015 — issue 346

The Spring 2015 issue features wildlife sculpture. Author Todd Wilkinson explores the work of Kent Ullberg, Simon Gudgeon, Bart Walter, Don Rambadt, and Jason deCaires Taylor. Author Jodie A. Shull explores “Healing Art: Aid for the Animals of Africa,” with a mention of Doug Aja, Rosetta, Dale A. Weiler and Sandy Scott. Brookgreen Garden’s exhibition ‘Environmental Impact’ with work by Leo Osborne, Michael Meilahan, Sayaka Ganz, and Ron Chapel is reviewed.


Todd Wilkinson
Environmental Impact

Explores the exhibition Environmental Impact at Brookgreen Gardens. Sometimes, creativity springs forth viscerally, born of outrage, feelings of helplessness, and despair.  On April 20, 2010, the offshore drilling platform Deepwater Horizon exploded and caught fire, killing eleven works and injuring sixteen others, and began hemorrhaging millions of gallons of raw crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, the largest marine oil spill to date in history. The unprecedented disaster, known more colloquially as the BP oil spill, left Leo Osborne …

Jodie A. Shull
Healing Art: Aid for the Animals of Africa

In the fall of 2013, a group of nine international “artist ambassadors” traveled to Tanzania for an intimate look at the home of Africa’s most endangered animals, especially the elephant.  With the group were two American sculptors, stone carver Dale A. Weiler and bronze wildlife artist Sandy Scott. The mission for all was simply to experience the life of the animals firsthand.

Todd Wilkinson
DeCaires Taylor

“I have never really considered myself as an activist, but after witnessing the changes we have made to our planet and the environment in the last few decades I think it is very difficult for anyone to say they do not have a responsibility for their actions towards the earth,” says Jason deCaires Taylor. “This is a critical time for all of us and I feel art can play an important part in changing people’s hearts and minds.”

Todd Wilkinson

In this environmental age, more sculptors are taking on wildlife to make a green statement. Suppose for a moment we knew that all life on planet Earth was going to end tomorrow at dusk – and that the terminal collapse of species, including our own, was hastened not by an approaching asteroid but the result of destructive human activities. Would we change out behavior if given a chance or ride off carelessly into the sunset?