This website uses cookies to improve your experience navigating our site. By continuing to browse, you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

OK, I understand

New Work From The Sculptor Who's Gone Where None Have Gone Before

Creative People

If you haven’t yet heard of Australian sculptor and land artist Andrew Rogers, be prepared to be WOWED.

From inclusion in the world’s top cultural institutions to the largest contemporary art undertaking on Earth, visible from space, Andrew’s work is, quite literally, larger-than-life.

We speak with the prolific artist about his unique career, and a new exhibition, on now in Melbourne.

15th May, 2019

Andrew Rogers’ ‘Kairos’ exhibition is on now in Armadale. Photo – Gavin Hansford.

Installation view of ‘Kairos’ exhibition, featuring sculpture from 2003 to 2019. Photo – Gavin Hansford.

‘I Am-Energy’, 2017, Astana, Kazakhstan, bronze and stainless steel, 10.5 metres high, Commissioned as a permanent feature for Expo 2017 Future Energy. Photo – courtesy of the artist.

‘Bunji’ at You Yangs Regional Park in Victoria, Australia. Photo – courtesy of the artist.

(left) Andrew in Spissky Hrad, Poprad, Slovakia. Climbing to an elevated position to locate a suitable site for ‘Sacred’. (right) Andrew working in foundry. Photos – courtesy of the artist and David Easton.

‘I Am’, 2012, Australian National Airport, Canberra, bronze, 7.5 metres high. Photo – courtesy of the artist.

(left) Andrew searching for petroglyphs in the US. The forms of the structures for the ‘Rhythms of Life’  are selected in consultation with local community elders and historians. The forms reflect the history and heritage of the local area. Often the forms of Rogers’ geoglyphs are of ancient petroglyphs or pictureglyphs found in the local area. (right) Andrew working in Foundry. Photos –  courtesy of the artist and David Easton.

‘Time and Space the Speed of Light’ was commissioned by Guy Laliberte, founder of Cirque du Soleil. The structure consists of 420 tons of basalt shipped from Turkey to Spain. The tallest column is 10 metres high. Photo – courtesy of the artist.

(left) ‘Ascend’ 2004, Kurunegala, Sri Lanka, granite, 6.5m high. (right) ‘Folded’, 2003, Point Leo Sculpture Park, bronze, 3 metres high. Photo – courtesy of the artist.

‘Sacred’ 2008, Spissky Hrad, Poprad, Slovakia, travertine, 100m x 100m. Photo – courtesy of the artist.

‘Sentinels’, 2017, Gibbs Farm, steel and black concrete, 15 meters high. Photo – courtesy of the artist.

Inside the current ‘Kairos’ exhibition at Scott Livesey Galleries, Melbourne. Photo – Gavin Hansford.

Elle Murrell
Wednesday 15th May 2019

‘To express one’s self is a timeless need – sculpture is a manifestation of this need and therefore relevant and beneficial.’ – Andrew Rogers.

For Andrew Rogers, sculpting is a uniquely human function, melding our intelligence and imagination. ‘It is expressing an idea, the spirit of humanity, our essence and energy, and feelings and vision,’ he tells. Over a 37-year journey, this is certainly a practice he’s taken to the next level.

Always making things as a child, in secondary college, Andrew had the tuition of eminent Australian artist John Brack, who not only taught him to paint, but to ‘see clearly’. Although Andrew went on to study commerce/economics and was drawn into the world of business and international travel, Andrew began creating art as a personal project. Initially, he focussed on painting, before one day he had the chance to handle casts and small sculptures in the basement of the Musée Rodin, Paris – a life-changing moment!

Andrew has since gone on to become one of Australia’s most prolific modern-day sculptors. Installing 15 Sculptures in Dag Hammarskjold Plaza, Gateway to the United Nations in New York has been a career highlight. He is also responsible for Rhythms of Life a phenomenal series of 51 stone structures, visible from space (you can take a Google Earth Tour or see the Australian work, Bunji at You Yangs Regional Park). Spanning 16 countries across seven continents, it has involved more than 7,500 people over 16 years. Inspired by the Nazca Lines in Peru, Andrew set out to make ‘a connected set of drawings on Earth’ referencing globalisation, sculpture philosophies, and superstitions surrounding the lifeline in the crease of our palms.

Other large-scale public works have explored the human potential for inhuman behaviour (Pillars of Witness holocaust memorial), recognised cultural heritage (including a Machu Picchu installation, for which he was granted honorary citizenship and reincarnation as an Inca), as well as tested materials, design and construction against the increasingly-wild elements (I Am-Energy for the 2017 Expo Future Energy in Kazakstan, where temperatures range from -35C to 45C).

‘Sculptures become part of culture and part of the society in which they exist. As a sculptor, you have great opportunity and responsibility to participate in the formation of a culture, and creation of the excitement and differentiation that make space interesting. At the same time, you are able to express something that is personal and unique,’ explains the 72-year-old artist. ‘For me, the challenge is to make materials say what you want. To use them in new and different ways to convey meaning and to portray form in a manner that has not previously been seen.’

This month in Melbourne, the artist is presenting Kairos at Scott Livesey Galleries in Armadale, Melbourne. Sharing its title with the Greek word for ‘the right, critical, or opportune moment for action’, this exhibition is ‘about the diversity of sculpture and the challenge of creating new forms’. It brings together a diverse array of work, created from 2003 to 2019 in Melbourne and the US. Predominantly featuring stainless steel sculptures, there are also select pieces in bronze and others employing polychrome, polyamide, and enamel – Andrew enjoys the challenge of unruly materials and to incorporate new technologies.

‘It is special to capture the world’s vibrancy and beauty, to perceive an idea and bring it into being with one’s hands. I still get excited with this process which, distilled down, is about manipulating space with the forms that occupy it,’ adds Andrew. ‘My forms are metaphors about life; they explore our state of reality – motion and time. Fleeting moments; a passing instant,’ You’ve got 10 more days to see Kairos, so don’t miss this incredible opportunity.

Kairos by Andrew Rogers
May 1st to 25th
909A High Street
Armadale, Victoria

Find out more about Andrew’s projects on his website, or through the array of brilliant books and documentaries listed here

This Week

Father's Day Favourites

Give Dad A Dose Of (Stylish) Wanderlust With Bespoke Luggage From July!

Gift dad bespoke luggage from our favourite travel brand July and receive a complimentary personalised luggage tag worth $85!

Father's Day Favourites

Shop Luxurious Outdoor Essentials For Dad With 20% Off The Grampians Goods Co.

This one is for the dads who love camping, picnics, and a hot cocoa by the fire! We've got 20% off The Grampian Goods Co.!
Christina Karras

Interiors

How This First-Time Renovator Transformed Her Pint-Sized Melbourne Apartment

A tiny renovation (34 square metres, to be precise) – that packs a big punch!

Stays

A Serene Architectural Getaway Overlooking Vineyards In Central Victoria

Barfold Estate's new boutique accommodation is the best kept secret in the Heathcote / Kyneton region – for now!

News

Local Chef Ella Mittas' First Cookbook Brings Us A Taste Of The Mediterranean

The Greek-Australian chef shares her most delicious recipes and personal essays in Ela! Ela! – To Turkey and Greece, Then Home.
Christina Karras

On The Market

For Sale: An Ultimate Sydney Dream Home, With Waterfront Views

This new Balmain family home has it all - a resort-style backyard, swimming pool, gym, steam room, home theatre, and it's for sale!
Christina Karras

Interiors

A Majestic Garden House That Transcends Aesthetics

The landscape is the mesmerising star of the show in Garden House by Arent&Pyke and Polly Harbison Design.

News

Shop Dreamy Pastel Landscapes In Collection III From ‘Palette by Jono Fleming’

Introducing interior stylist Jono Fleming’s third art collaboration with Sicilian-Australian artist Chanel Sohier.
Christina Karras

At Home With Sheridan

The Minimalist Inner-City Sanctuary Of Skincare Guru James Vivian + Ben Esakoff

A Prahran Edwardian cottage meets a minimalist architectural addition, with exposed materials, an impressive art collection, and textured Sh...

Shopping

Kip&Co Team Up With Robert Gordon For A Fun-Filled Ceramic Range

The loveable local brands have created a new playful ceramics collection, bringing prints and colour to range of hand-crafted vases!
Christina Karras

Father's Day Favourites

Announcing The Design Files Father's Day Favourites 2022!

Find the best gifts for dad and score special deals with our Father's Day Favourites online shopping event!

News

Bid On Spectacular Contemporary Art From Australia's Best At The IMA's Benefit Auction!

Snap up works from award-winning artists thanks to the Institute of Modern Art Brisbane’s glamorous annual gala and online auction!
Christina Karras

Father's Day Favourites

Find The Perfect Book For Dad With 20% Off From Hardie Grant Publishing!

From the best barbecuing recipes to epic travel inspiration, you'll find the perfect book for dad in our edit of Hardie Grant Publishing's f...
Christina Karras
  8 hours ago

Homes

A Historic Melbourne Apartment With Artful, Lived-In Interiors

Interior designer Leigh Ellwood invites us inside her 1930s Beverley Hills apartment in South Yarra.
Lucy Feagins
  16 hours ago

News

Nicole Lawrence Studio And Curio Practice Pop Up In Sydney

The two rising design stars open the doors to their week-long shop and showroom in Paddington.

Similar Stories

Creative People

A Solo Pilot's Breathtaking Photographic Project

Andrew Vukosav's current exhibition, 'Longitude, Latitude, Solitude', has taken the accomplished commercial photographer and his Cessna 182R...
Elle Murrell

Studio Visit

An Acclaimed Sculptor Unveils His New Exhibition, Aged 87

We go behind-the-scenes with Ken Unsworth as he creates enigmatic installations for a new exhibition at NGV Australia.
Elle Murrell

Art

A Rare Visit To New Zealand's Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park

We take you inside the elusive world-class sculpture park tucked away in rural Auckland.

This Week

Stays

A Serene Architectural Getaway Overlooking Vineyards In Central Victoria

Barfold Estate's new boutique accommodation is the best kept secret in the Heathcote / Kyneton region – for now!

Homes

A Historic Melbourne Apartment With Artful, Lived-In Interiors

Interior designer Leigh Ellwood invites us inside her 1930s Beverley Hills apartment in South Yarra.
Lucy Feagins
  16 hours ago

Shopping

Kip&Co Team Up With Robert Gordon For A Fun-Filled Ceramic Range

The loveable local brands have created a new playful ceramics collection, bringing prints and colour to range of hand-crafted vases!
Christina Karras

Father's Day Favourites

Give Dad A Dose Of (Stylish) Wanderlust With Bespoke Luggage From July!

Gift dad bespoke luggage from our favourite travel brand July and receive a complimentary personalised luggage tag worth $85!

News

Nicole Lawrence Studio And Curio Practice Pop Up In Sydney

The two rising design stars open the doors to their week-long shop and showroom in Paddington.

Father's Day Favourites

Find The Perfect Book For Dad With 20% Off From Hardie Grant Publishing!

From the best barbecuing recipes to epic travel inspiration, you'll find the perfect book for dad in our edit of Hardie Grant Publishing's f...
Christina Karras
  8 hours ago

On The Market

For Sale: An Ultimate Sydney Dream Home, With Waterfront Views

This new Balmain family home has it all - a resort-style backyard, swimming pool, gym, steam room, home theatre, and it's for sale!
Christina Karras

News

Shop Dreamy Pastel Landscapes In Collection III From ‘Palette by Jono Fleming’

Introducing interior stylist Jono Fleming’s third art collaboration with Sicilian-Australian artist Chanel Sohier.
Christina Karras

News

Bid On Spectacular Contemporary Art From Australia's Best At The IMA's Benefit Auction!

Snap up works from award-winning artists thanks to the Institute of Modern Art Brisbane’s glamorous annual gala and online auction!
Christina Karras

Interiors

How This First-Time Renovator Transformed Her Pint-Sized Melbourne Apartment

A tiny renovation (34 square metres, to be precise) – that packs a big punch!

Father's Day Favourites

Announcing The Design Files Father's Day Favourites 2022!

Find the best gifts for dad and score special deals with our Father's Day Favourites online shopping event!

Interiors

A Majestic Garden House That Transcends Aesthetics

The landscape is the mesmerising star of the show in Garden House by Arent&Pyke and Polly Harbison Design.

Father's Day Favourites

Shop Luxurious Outdoor Essentials For Dad With 20% Off The Grampians Goods Co.

This one is for the dads who love camping, picnics, and a hot cocoa by the fire! We've got 20% off The Grampian Goods Co.!
Christina Karras

At Home With Sheridan

The Minimalist Inner-City Sanctuary Of Skincare Guru James Vivian + Ben Esakoff

A Prahran Edwardian cottage meets a minimalist architectural addition, with exposed materials, an impressive art collection, and textured Sh...

News

Local Chef Ella Mittas' First Cookbook Brings Us A Taste Of The Mediterranean

The Greek-Australian chef shares her most delicious recipes and personal essays in Ela! Ela! – To Turkey and Greece, Then Home.
Christina Karras

Similar Stories

Creative People

A Solo Pilot's Breathtaking Photographic Project

Andrew Vukosav's current exhibition, 'Longitude, Latitude, Solitude', has taken the accomplished commercial photographer and his Cessna 182R...
Elle Murrell

Studio Visit

An Acclaimed Sculptor Unveils His New Exhibition, Aged 87

We go behind-the-scenes with Ken Unsworth as he prepares for a new exhibition at NGV Australia.
Elle Murrell

Art

A Rare Visit To New Zealand's Gibbs Farm Sculpture Park

We take you inside the elusive world-class sculpture park tucked away in rural Auckland.

The Design Files acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the lands on which we work, the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to Elders past and present.

First Nations artists, designers, makers, and creative business owners are encouraged to submit their projects for coverage on The Design Files. Please email bea@thedesignfiles.net