Konstantin Dimopoulos – biography
Konstantin Dimopoulos was born in Port Said, Egypt on 20 December 1954. He spent the first eight years of his life living in Ismalia before moving to Wellington, New Zeland. Dimopoulos was raised in a Greek family and this is something that has influenced his artwork, in particular his public art installations. He studied ‘Arts in sociology’ at Victoria University of Wellington and later at the Chelsea School of Art in London. But now he lives whit his family in Melbourn, Australia.
His powerful and provoking art-making practices has attracted international attention because he investigates globally relevant questions related to ecology and to the human condition. He brought his public installation all over the world, from Europe to Japan, from Australia to North America.
In 1990 Dimopoulos began to explore the dynamics of form through the medium of sculpture: he experimented with the repetition of individual elements. Objects as flexible shafts of carbon fiber became his new material of choice, abstract kinetic sculptures that interact with the nature. Dimopoulos’ color palette led to vivid and strong color choices in primarily monochromatic applications, visible in the large-scale steel sculptures.
In 2001 he created Pacifc Grass, commissionated by the Wellington Sculpture Trust. It’s a work that transforms a traffic island into a beacon of vertical bands of color that undulate and pulsate with each gust of wind.
Red Ridge was created in 2005: a monumental sculpture for a private golf course in Arrowton, New Zealand. It caused controversy when the property owner had the work installed without first obtaining local government consent.
Public art commissions in the United States include “Red Echo” in Palm Springs, California, and
The Red Forest in Denver, USA taht was voted Westword’s Best New Public Art 2011.
The Blue Trees was named as one of the Top 100 Activism Trendsfor ideas that change the world in 2012, and was a finalist for the global Index: Design to Improve Life and the British Climate Week awards. This art work is the most important of his career.
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