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UNVEILED: THE LOST FRAGMENT (A PROSTHETIC FALLACY)

This week sees the launch of a new sculpture by creative London studio, Based UponThe Lost Fragment (a prosthetic fallacy) was formed from 5 tonnes of granite and bronze, and is 3 metres in length.  The sculpture was previewed at Masterpiece London from 30 June 2016, and will go on display at Berkeley Square, London, from 12 July until 31 December 2016.

The Lost Fragment (a prosthetic fallacy)

The Lost Fragment (a prosthetic fallacy), granite and bronze, 3000mm x 2100mm x 850mm.

It is Based Upon's second public sculpture, following March 2015's 10-metre high and 6-metre high 'A Grain of Rice' sculptures, unveiled in Hong Kong and London respectively.

An arrow-like rock, resembling a primitive tool, the sculpture points towards the Isle of Skye, its conceptual and physical origin.  Beautifully sculpted cast bronze smoothes and 'fixes' the rock's severed edge.  The piece debates a disconnection between man and the wholeness of nature, brought about by the making and trading of things.  

Going a step further than the Japanese art of Wabi-Sabi, characterised by the acceptance and appreciation of natural objects and processes in their 'imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete' states, the sculpture questions whether human attempts at fixing and perfecting nature are futile, offering nothing more than a cosmetic and superficial layer and outward appearance.  In essence, a prosthetic fallacy.

Based Upon will also present an exhibition at The Gallery, Leica in Mayfair, London, from 12 July until 29 July 2016, featuring an interactive film installation surrounding the origin and creation of the sculpture.  The film, water and rock-based installation aims to recall the beliefs of the ancient people of Skye, that the rocks retain the stories and spirits of the ancestors, truths which transcend the concerns and preoccupations and distractions of our modern society.  As part of the installation, visitors are invited to take a small rock away, thus creating a small-scale reinactment of the disruption humans have brought on the natural world.

Ian Abell, Based Upon’s Creative Director says: “An apparently harmonious marriage of bronze and rock The Lost Fragment hides a deeper truth within its vociferous crack. The work is at once a monument to humankind’s ingenuity and a melancholic musing on how easily we are distracted by our own deftness, missing the vast ever present truth as we focus on details we have invented to demonstrate our cunning. These works mourn the loss of all that is ancient, he ancestral wisdom cultivated since the origin, stored within a lump of granite 50 million years old. Too, it celebrates the innocent optimism of our belief that we need not worry, for we know better. Pity those of us who forget from whence we have come.”

The sculpture will be on display from 12 July until 31 December 2016 at Berkeley Square, London.  For more information, visit Based Upon's 'The Lost Fragment (A Prosthetic Fallacy)'.