16th October 2018
We are delighted to welcome a series of stunning carbon fibre sculptures from artist Alastair Gibson, which will be on show in the aquarium until mid January 2019. Following on from the installation of ‘aero manta’ earlier this year, the world renowned carbon fibre sculptor has developed an exciting and different body of work to compliment strong, yet delicate balance of the marine environment.
Three of Alistair’s newest creations, the ‘carbon starfish’ can be seen, submerged amongst the living reefs within the Lagoon of Light. Alongside this display, the ‘j hammer’ hammerhead shark offers up some great photo opportunities.
‘Distressed mackerel’ is a beacon within the plastic display in Cool Seas. The striking blue of the fish and the trailing tendrils create movement amongst the devastation, bringing to light the damage that plastic is having on the creatures of our world’s oceans.
The ‘carbon dory’ can be found at the entrance to the Cool Seas Zone and ‘carbon humboldt’ is suspended within the third floor gallery.
Alastair’s work has been exhibited world wide and his sculptures have been purchased by collectors in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Middle East and South Africa. Alastair’s work can be viewed in selected galleries in the UK, the United States, Europe, Russia, Dubai and South Africa.
Alastair's interest in motor racing was influenced by his father and an education in balance-engineering, Alastair set off to Europe with an ambition to work in the motor sport industry. This resulted in a career of twenty two years, fourteen of which were in formula one, four as lead mechanic for the Benetton F1 Team and ten as race team chief mechanic for the BAR and Honda Grand Prix Teams.
Drawing similarities between modern motorsport engineering and his love for the natural world, Alastair uses his acquired engineering skills and experience to recycle F1 car parts sourced from Grand Prix teams to show his passion for art through his signature medium of carbon fibre sculpture.
Now in his tenth year as a full time artist, Alastair is being recognised as a forerunner in carbon fibre sculpture and with his team is undertaking a variety of projects including private commissions, installations, a lifestyle product collection and new work in his bespoke studio ‘studio 45’ near Oxford, England.
There will be an exciting opportunity to meet with Alastair on Wednesday 28th November where he will be giving a talk about his work. Guests will also have the opportunity to explore the sculptures at their leisure when the aquarium is closed to the public. To book tickets, please click here.