Heliosphere by Thomas Joynes
Cast bronze with artisan patina.
60cm H (inc 20cm plinth) x 40cm W. Plinth 20cm H x 15cm W in polished black granite.
Limited edition of 19.
Price: £16,000 + VAT
Heliosphere follows a range of works that Thomas developed from exploring paper folding and pleating. After coming across the paper works of British artist, Richard Sweeney, he fell in love with the fluid nature and organic forms that could be achieved by cutting, folding and pleating pieces of paper. Heliosphere was conceived from drawing a series of concentric circles on paper and then folding along the lines. After folding, the sheet of paper can be cut and then slowly bent and manipulated to create an infinity loop. The process is long and demands patience, but when the form finally starts to cooperate, it is very rewarding artistically. Once Thomas had achieved the desired folded paper form, he then spent weeks applying wax and building up a consistently thick layer all over the form. The most time-consuming part of the process was smoothing off the wax to achieve a satisfying finish and create a mould using the ancient technique of lost-wax casting, which in turn made it possible to create the form in bronze. While most suited for interior display, Heliosphere can be displayed outside if care is taken to maintain the patina finish.