British sculptor, architect join winners list for int’l arts award

LONDON, Sept. 18 — Two leading British art figures have been awarded an international arts prize for their contribution to culture.
The two art figures are sculptor Antony Gormley and architect David Chipperfield.
Both men were awarded the Praemium Imperiale, awarded by the Japan Art Association, and will each collect a 100,000-pound Duchamp the energy has always been in taking the bicycle wheel from the street and putting it in the gallery,” said Gormley.
He added, “I am much more interested in the alternative stream of making something in the highly concentrated environment of a studio like this and then putting it on the street, in the world, on a beach, putting it somewhere in a way where its identity as art is not the precondition of its experience, and that people can have an experience of this foreign body in their world.”
Gormley’s works often occupy and benefit from a significant site in the landscape, and he makes no attempt to hide the effects of the weather on his works.
In his workshop are several of his trademark body form sculptures in steel, which have been placed in the open air to allow rain and moisture to create a rust patina. This both changes the pieces and protects them from further erosion.
A current major project includes ‘Model’ which is set to go on display in Xiamen in Fujian Province in China.
‘Model’, which went on show in London at the end of last year, is made from 100 tonnes of sheet steel, and forms a human outline which the public can walk through.
Gormley said he also had projects over the next year in Hong Kong.
Another prize winner this year is architect David Chipperfield, whose buildings in China include Lianzhu Cultural Museum at Hangzhou in Zhejiang Province.
Other international projects that Chipperfield has undertaken include the award-winning Neues Museum in Berlin, and the America’s Cup Building in Valencia in Spain.
The Praemium Imperiale is an annual award. Other internationally famous artists honored this year include opera singer Placido Domingo, and film director Francis Ford Coppola. (1 pound = 1.59 U.S. dollars)[db:内容2]