Environment Triptych

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Environment Triptych

The Environment Triptych is a group of three portrait heads of environmental thinkers of the day. First assembled in 2008,[1] it comprises terracotta heads of James Lovelock, proposer of the Gaia hypothesis, moral philosoper Mary Midgley and writer Richard Mabey, directly worked from the invited sitters in Cornwall, Newcastle upon Tyne and Norfolk respectively during visits by sculptor Jon Edgar in 2006 and 2007. The heads have a relevance as individual portraits but the interplay of the three heads plinthed together seemed to add something; perhaps emphasising the sitters’ diverse efforts in influencing human behaviour and our interaction with the planet and its other organisms.[2] The Triptych has led to the Environment Series of heads of environmentally aware sitters,[3][4][5] including Chris Rapley, Gordon Murray, Tim Smit and Guy Watson.

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