BARBARA McLEAN (b. 1944), Balancing Act, bronze, signed B. McLean and dated 1990, editioned 4/12, 47 cm, The Melbourne-based sculptor Barbara McLean trained at Prahran Technical College between 1979 and 1984. From quite early in her training McLean wished to pursue the figurative tradition, at the time completely out of step with current sculpture practice. In 1989 McLean produced a body of work of which 'The Blindness of Mankind' formed a part. The series of eight unique sculptures, funded by the Australia Council, broadly focused on the theme of the insights drawn by a man on his journey through life. 'The Blindness of Mankind' is concerned with the inherent folly of Man in relation to the natural world. McLean is now a highly successful portrait sculptor engaged on a series of major public commissions in Australia and internationally.
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- Bronze - An alloy of copper and tin, traditionally in the proportions of about 9 parts of copper to 1 part of tin.
The discovery of bronze in Western Asia in the 4th century enabled people to create metal objects which were superior to those previoulsy possible because of its strength and hardness, and it has been used throughout the world for weapons, coins, tools, statuary and other decorative items.
It is very fluid in a molten state, and its hardness, strength when set, and non-corrosive properties makes it most suitable for casting sculpture.
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