Yes Virginia there is more than Santa Claus

clement meadmore - virginiaAustralian-American sculptor Clement Lyon Meadmore was born  in Melbourne, Australia, on 9th February 1929. He is known for his large outdoor steel sculptures. Meadmore originally studied Aeronautical Engineering followed by Industrial Design at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT).

After graduating in 1949, Meadmore began designing furniture for several years and, in the 1950s, created his first welded sculpture. He made use of COR-TEN steel, aluminum, and occasionally bronze to create his colossal outdoor sculptures.

  • He had several sculpture solo exhibits in Melbourne and Sydney between 1954-1962.
  • In 1963 he moved to New York City and eventually became a US citizen.
  • Meadmore’s sculptures are held by museums, corporate headquarters, and schools internationally.
  • He authored How to Make Furniture Without Tools (Pantheon, 1975) ; and
  • The Modern Chair: Classic Designs by Thonet, Breuer, Le Corbusier, Eames and Others (Dover Publications; 1997)
  • His work and career is recorded in “The Sculpture of Clement Meadmore” by Eric Gibson , 1994.
  • Of the many installations he has exhibited include: the AMP Society, Victorian Arts Centre, in Melbourne;
  • The  Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney and  the  Perth Cultural Centre in W.A.
  • Meadmore used COR-TEN steel, aluminum, and occasionally bronze to create colossal outdoor sculptures
  • Meadmore died aged 76 in Manhattan from complications of Parkinson’s disease on 19th  April 2005.

The image above is Virginia, 1970, from the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra collection.

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