Wednesday, 16 May 2012

profile artist lucas salton.

Lucas Salton photo by Nicole Wall
Sculpture - Aqua Totem

Sculpture - Copper Totem
Sculpture- Water

Public Art - Feathers Noosa
LaRuche Bar and Supper Club Brisbane
Sculpture – Flame Rocks

Public Art – Wesley House Brisbane

Public Art – Qld Rail Design Concepts Wooloowin

A man of many talents - designer, sculptor, artist, glassblower and mixed media visionary, Lucas Salton began his career more than two decades ago working with glass. Influenced by the natural environment his fluid, sublime forms have captured the imagination of many who have snapped up his work for their own private collections or simply admired them from afar. More recently Lucas' has poured his creative energy into developing public art and producing private large scale commission pieces. As striking as they are diverse, works include sculptural chandeliers in Brisbane's La Ruche Bar, street-scape beautification pieces, large scale installations and public art  including a collection of glass turtles which I am lucky enough scamper past on my daily foreshore run. With increasing demand for his work Lucas admits weekends have fallen by the wayside, yet when you love your work, who wants two days off? For information on his 20 year glass retrospective visit Lucas' website.

How would you describe yourself?
Energetic, empathetic, appreciative, adventurous, kind.
What was your childhood dream?
To fly, to invent.

What led you down your current path?
Always been creative and passionate then met a glass maker, saw the lava and fell in love with it.

What do you love most about what you do?
The satisfaction of making something beautiful and tangible from a spark of imagination.

Where do you seek inspiration?
* Nature
* The project environment,spatial harmony or discord if required.
* The end user or viewer. What will this say or how will it work and how will it feel?

Who do you admire?
Happy, passionate and positive people.

What challenges have you had to overcome?
Hunger, heartbreak and enormous gas bills!

What's been a 'pinch yourself' moment?
Full lunar eclipse in Sahara desert, exploring Atlas Mountains in Morocco, jumping out of aeroplanes, holding my baby boy.

What are your top creative resources?
Nature, Google, SBS, leading edge technologies.

What dream do you still want to fulfil?
Raft down a volcano flow.

What's next?
Land speed record on a motorbike on the salt flats in South Australia later this month, Pyrophone Juggernaut (live flame and percussion) performance in Taiwan next month, Noosa Junction Stage 3 Public Art Project (in collaboration with Russell Anderson)and a Pacific Paradise Street-scaping Project.

When the weekend rolls around what do you love to:
Read - emails / texts and sometimes read between the lines....
Watch - SBS, documentaries, Humans and Animals
Cook - Asian / Italian or raw food.
Create - Food / spaces / objects / memories / drawings / music / photographs.
Listen to - most music and most people.
Dream about - living the dream.
Look forward to- continue living the dream.