UK’s Jonathan Wright wins coveted residency at Verbier sculpture park

Award-winning British artist Jonathan Wright, who has just begun a prestigious residency at Verbier. Image courtesy of Jonathan Wright.

Award-winning British artist Jonathan Wright, who has just begun a prestigious residency at Verbier. Image courtesy of Jonathan Wright.

VERBIER, Switzerland (ACNI) – British contemporary artist Jonathan Wright has added another distinction to his already long list of awards and honors. Wright has been selected for a prestigious residency at the Verbier 3-D Sculpture Park in Switzerland. His progress will be documented through a continuing blog on AuctionCentralNews.com.

Underwritten by government grants and corporate sponsorships, the atmospheric mountainside gallery at Verbier is a free public showcase for three-dimensional art. All of the sculptures on view at the park were created by artists during their sponsored residencies.

Wright said that residencies, in general, allow artists to develop works in an atmosphere of support and encouragement.

“Works produced during a residency are inspired, in part, by the location. The 3-D Verbier Foundation offers a wonderful example of such an opportunity, being in a remarkable location high in the Swiss Alps,” Wright said. “Its organizer, Kiki Thompson, is a sculptor herself and has constructed the residency with a view to ensuring that all the artists’ needs are met and catered to.”

Wright said he regards the Verbier residency as an important milestone in his career.

“Being invited to participate in any residency reflects an artist’s growing position in the art world. It sparks a determination within the artist to convince the selectors that their choice was warranted. Verbier is no exception,” Wright said.

Previously the recipient of a grant from the LiveAuctioneers Arts and Charitable Fund, Wright was introduced to Verbier’s organizers by LiveAuctioneers’ CEO Julian Ellison. After submitting a resume and examples of his past work, Wright was notified that he had been chosen for a residency.

“I am now enjoying producing a monumental piece of work that will sit in the Alps for the year to follow,” Wright said. “It is a truly wonderful experience.”

During their residencies at Verbier, artists do not have to worry about anything except being creative. They are given a budget for materials and a studio space in the village of Verbier.

Local residents, students and tourists are given the opportunity to view the sculptures in progress, with the artists’ studio doors left open daily from 6 to 8 p.m. expressly for that purpose. After a sculpture is completed, it is cut to size so it can be fitted onto a base of natural stone, then airlifted by helicopter and permanently positioned. They are installed in such a way that, if they were ever removed, there would be no trace that they had ever existed.

Motor vehicles are not allowed to enter the area, but there are many other ways in which to arrive at the sculpture park, which is located at the midpoint of the mountain. Options include trekking or downhill, off-piste or cross-country skiing. Another option is via dogsled.

To learn more about the Museum without Walls in Verbier, Switzerland, visit www.3-dfoundation.com.

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Artists at Verbier 3-D Residency and Sculpture Park in the Swiss Alps have breathtaking vistas from which to draw inspiration. This sculpture titled 'Samsara' was created by a former artist-in-residence, Kiki Thompson. Photo copyright Kerry-Jane Lowery, 3-D Foundation.

Artists at Verbier 3-D Residency and Sculpture Park in the Swiss Alps have breathtaking vistas from which to draw inspiration. This sculpture titled ‘Samsara’ was created by a former artist-in-residence, Kiki Thompson. Photo copyright Kerry-Jane Lowery, 3-D Foundation.