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Ray Haydon's C6 features carbon fibre sculptures

Carbon fibre is handy for violent sports, but art? Ray Haydon has made it work

Carbon fibre is handy for lots of things – personally, I’m a fan of it in lacrosse sticks, for strength and lack of breakability when you smack the stick over someone’s head – but using it in sculptures? Now that’s a bit new.

Parnell-based sculptor Ray Haydon has come out with some new work using the substance for a new show, C6: New Kinetic Work.

The C6 in the title refers to the chemical symbol for carbon, and the work demonstrates Haydon’s “intuitive response to space and his notable commitment to development and experimentation within his practice”.

Check out the sculptures, below.

Haydon has a background in industrial design, so he’s got the expertise to produce new methods of fabrication.

He’s previously created innovative sculptures in steel and wood but he was drawn to the possibilities presented by the medium of carbon fibre.

The substance is often used in the automotive and aerospace industries but – lacrosse sticks and violence aside – it’s an ideal material for kinetic sculpture due to its extreme lightness, durability and strength.

C6 also includes Haydon’s new work in mahogany and copper.

If you’re handy to Parnell, check out C6 from September 25 at Sanderson Contemporary Art Parnell, 251 Parnell Road.

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