The established and British-trained sculptor, Robin Hobbs, has been sculpting wood and metal for over 50 years in Canada, and has garnered a reputation for his conceptualized symbolism based upon both ecological and humanitarian themes. His public art installations include the “Double Helix” a 32ft sculpture located on Captiva Island in Florida. When Raynes Roberts met Hobbs at a recent exhibition of his work, there was an instant rapport and appreciation of his work and recognition of their mutual love of the land. From this initial sympatico, a new collaboration of sculptural works soon transpired, which will bring Raynes Roberts’ conceived GLASSLANDS project to life, a series of 10 themed sculptures representative of the Natural Step Canada’s 10 step sustainability program.
In 2010, Raynes Roberts visited the Jardin de Metis/Reford Gardens, Quebec, to view the International Garden Festival of outdoor art sculpture installations. Inspired by what he saw he began to photograph his own crystal art in the Caledon countryside, and these images have since been exhibited at the 2012 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. In 2011, Raynes Roberts began to develop the GLASSLANDS project, which has now become a collaborative initiative with fellow sculptor Robin Hobbs.
Hobbs, who is an experienced rock climber and mountaineer in Europe for over 40 years, has used the symbolism of ladders in many of his narrative sculptures, while Raynes Roberts has also used ladders in his crystal art as symbols of life transition. The GLASSLANDS narrative will be a transformational journey through ladders and reflected crystal light.