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    Posted: 07 February 2022 at 09:57
Just outside Checkendon in Oxfordshire, in a field next to a dilapidated barn, stands this sculpture by John Buckley. It was made around 2001 after the artist had visited the Nuba people as a guest of the Nuba Rehabilitation, Relief and Development Organisation. Buckley is also known for the Headington Shark (aka Untitled, 1986).

First, some establishing shots:

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The sculpture is about 5m high

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(Contd.)

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And some variations on the theme

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Three-frame stitch

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Four-frame stitch

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Instax Wide print of #9 on to fogged/outdated film

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Edit: #10 re-sized to reflect the reduced size of Instax Wide prints.

Thanks for looking!

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Thank you for sharing these Howard, very interesting sculptures and artwork.
I personally prefer the b&w/mono variants, especially #9.

Would you mind providing some more details of this place as I'd like to visit one day?
Is it open 24x7 to the public? any parking spaces nearby? do you need to book in advance?
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I find this really interesting. I think #9 great. I usually hate Sepia (like) conversions, but it works perfectly here. Interesting subject. TFS.
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Thanks for the early comments - always appreciated.

@nandbytes - have a look at https://artuk.org/discover/artworks/the-nuba-survival-266824. I parked on the road about 50m away at the minor crossroads. There is an opening into the field and you can walk up there. It is private land, but there is no notice deterring visitors.

I had not heard of this artwork until pictures appeared in the press at the weekend, see e.g. The Guardian's curated list at https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2022/feb/04/a-curious-statue-and-hindu-festivals-fridays-best-photos; a friend had alerted me because he saw it in the Morning Star!

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Hi Howard,

These are, indeed, fascinating figures and especially so given the surroundings. I think I like the monochrome ones the best, though the 'four frame stich' in colour with the addition of the corrugated panels would be interesting to see just to evaluate how that impacts the figures in the frame. Favourites of the series are #2 (colour) and #6 (monochrome) for the framing and strength of positioning in the frames.

Thanks for adding a link to the location as well - something to try and get to see in the coming months perhaps.

Thanks for sharing and best regards Neil.
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Thank you for the details. Will certainly give it a visit at some point in the year before it becomes a major tourist attraction now that its been in the papers
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Quite interesting. With a crop of much of the right side, I would prefer #2. It's telling a story and you have three such diverse and interesting elements - a person, an abandoned structure and the statue. Of the others, I like #9 for its toning and perspective
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Thanks, Roger - that's an interesting suggestion for #2.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote MichelvA Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 February 2022 at 06:32
Another fan of #2, but i also like the colors in #7, 9, and 10. Further the compositions of #5 and 7 are very good. TFS Howard
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A very strong series!

Another vote for #9 from me - followed by #6. Opting for monochrome makes the sculpture even more impressive - and you found the right angle and lighting!

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Originally posted by Howard_S Howard_S wrote:


I had not heard of this artwork until pictures appeared in the press at the weekend, see e.g. The Guardian's curated list at https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/gallery/2022/feb/04/a-curious-statue-and-hindu-festivals-fridays-best-photos; a friend had alerted me because he saw it in the Morning Star!


Now I'm really confused - when I saw the shot in your P150 thread I was reminded of my long-standing intention to visit the site - and I was convinced it was you who had alerted me to it with a previous post. Obviously I was wrong, now I'm wondering who it was?

In my misspent youth I used to visit Checkendon quite a bit - the Black Horse was the closest pub that sold my favourite tipple.

And, more on topic - 2 & 9 are my favourites, I like seeing the context as much as the figures.
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Love these and No 9 is superb!!
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