Salvia Corrupted, a large-scale sculpture by renowned artist Julian Wild, will be installed in the Gun Garden at Lewes Castle for Lewes Artwave Festival on Sat 11 – Sun 26 Sept, in collaboration with Sussex Past.
The sculpture is made from over 30 metres of stainless steel and polished bronze. At first glance, the sculpture will create a startling contrast between its intense pink colour and the historic setting of Lewes Castle. Salvia Corrupted was made in 2011 in response to the Salvia or Sage plant, which can be found within the Gun Garden.
In 2019 the sculpture was adapted to include polished bronze ‘fungi’ that appear to be growing on its surface. In the Museum of Sussex Archaeology at Lewes Castle there are many locally produced lost wax bronze artefacts, and these objects and current bronze casting processes used with Salvia Corrupted will be discussed by the artist in a workshop on Sunday 26 September.
Julian Wild has previously exhibited at venues such as Chatsworth House, Sculpture in The City, the Saatchi Gallery and Modern Art Oxford. He has been commissioned to make sculptures for organisations including Cass Sculpture Foundation, the University of Oxford and Canary Wharf Group. Julian was vice-president of The Royal Society of Sculptors from 2015-2019.
Sussex Past (the trading name for the Sussex Archaeological Society) was founded in 1846 and is the oldest group of its type in the country. This registered charity opens historic houses, gardens and museum to the public, including Lewes Castle and the adjoining Museum of Sussex Archaeology. Its aim is to enable people to enjoy, learn about and have access to the heritage of Sussex.
Wild will be also giving a talk about the Salvia Corrupted sculpture on Sat 11 Sept (3.30pm) and running a workshop about the historical and current uses of bronze on Sun 26 Sept (3.30pm).
Lewes Castle & Museum is open to visitors 10am – 5pm, seven days a week. Tickets can be purchased on the door or from www.sussexpast.co.uk