Beautiful Train Sculpture Made From Book by Thomas Wightman

Tomas Wightman is Edinburgh-based graphic designer who recently graduated from Edinburgh Napier University.  However, although the artist is  a graphic designer, today’s post has nothing to do with the graphic design.

Tomas is best known not for graphic design. In fact, one of the most successful his works was a series of sculptures made from books, which flew around the web at light speed in 2013. Although, most of his sculptures from that series haven’t grabbed my attention, however the one, which I’m going to present you today, really astounded me.

Edinburgh-based artist created a sculpture out of book portraying a train passing through a tunnel.  As Tomas said, it was the final sculpture of his sculpture series and, in my opinion, the best one! Also, what charmed me more was a meaning of this sculpture.

Tomas Wightman explains, Like the previous two sculptures it uses a visual metaphor to convey the emotions of obsessive-compulsive disorder, and embodies my research by visualising an expression used by a sufferer of OCD. The expression was ‘derailing my train of thought’, because the person felt that the rituals they had to perform were disrupting their day. Where the compulsions and worry would side track them from doing everyday activities.

To convey this metaphor the sculpture shows a train travelling on a journey that has become disrupted, leading it to derail from its set path. Typography was used on the tracks for the title of the piece, also type was used for the coal. In the scene it shows the coal cart tipping over where the type has become mixed up to symbolise the mixed emotions during anxiety and panic.”

Not only beautiful, but also very interesting!


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