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FROM THE EDITOR This is the second issue of our online magazine SCULPTURESPACIFIC. The magazine has already brought a number of favourable comments, so we feel we are on the right track. We do look forward to hearing from you, our readers, and we value your comments. Please let us know what you like, dislike or would like to see in future editions. If you feel you wish to contribute an article, please refer to our website for more information.

As previously mentioned, our footprint is from Alaska to Oregon and Manitoba to British Columbia. We also like to include one artist from outside North America in each issue. I believe that we do need to acknowledge that sculpture exists prolifically outside our environs and that we as sculptors benefit through exposure to it. I do recall at an international sculpture conference in China, a North American artists stating that “Asians are not really able to understand and therefore produce good contemporary sculpture.” It seemed to me at the time a very ethnocentric viewpoint and completely wrong. I think we all benefit from new expression in sculptural methodology.

This month’s world sculptor is Dutch artist Kees Buckens, a colleague I have worked with overseas. I think Kees provides an original sculptural form that in some sense is reflective of his contemporaries in Holland, though Kees is definitely an original.

Also included in this edition is an article on the SculptureWalk project in Castlegar, British Columbia. I think that this is a project that most communities can emulate. As sculptors who wish to share the beauty and functionality of contemporary sculpture, and to promote and sustain the sculptural community, this is a project to take note of. Communities are hungry for art in the public domain. As it seems always to be sculptors who originate these sculptural projects, perhaps your community needs your direction to bring a richer cultural experience. I would enjoy hearing of other projects such as Castlegar SculptureWalk in your community.

I hope you enjoy this second edition and I hope you will let your friends and colleagues know about this publication.

Jock Hildebrand Sculptor / Editor

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