Sculptor

Country roads, rural landscapes and historic structures of the Southeast inspired sculptor Brian Rust, a native of Washington state, to adopt Augusta, Georgia as his new home. Rust frequently works in South Carolina, drawing from a palette of native geologic materials that includes red clay, white kaolin, local granite and quartz rock. Brian likes to say that his outdoor installations "will look better in a year," as works are often ephemeral and prone to erosion.

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Brian Rust's Earthen Cycle | A Natural State
Brian Rust's Earthen Cycle | A Natural State

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Brian Rust's Earthen Cycle creates visual interest and a place of retreat in an otherwise overlooked stretch of grass connecting two parking lots. A Natural State visited Rust as he installed the site...
Earthen Cycle - The Concept | A Natural State
Earthen Cycle - The Concept | A Natural State

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The circle is an enduring symbol for the cyclic nature of the universe. It evokes ideas of continuity, change and renewal, and is commonly identified as a symbol for infinity. Rust chose the circle...
Earthen Cycle - The Sphere | A Natural State
Earthen Cycle - The Sphere | A Natural State

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The spheres of Earthen Cycle are made from a mixture of Portland cement, sand, kaolin and red clay. Layers were gradually built up like a pot. After a layer dried to a semi-soft state, it was shaped...
Earthen Cycle - The Walls | A Natural State
Earthen Cycle - The Walls | A Natural State

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The walls of Earthen Cycle were created using a rammed earth technique. A mixture of rounded stones from a local riverbed, Portland cement, and clay were poured into a wooden form. Rust and his...
Spotlight - State of the Arts | A Natural State
Spotlight - State of the Arts | A Natural State

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Brian Rust's education, background and the inspiration behind his move to Georgia are covered in this excerpt from State of the Arts. For more information on this production, please contact: Georgia...
State of the Arts - Process | A Natural State
State of the Arts - Process | A Natural State

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This State of the Arts segment examines Earthen Bridge, an installation created for Clemson's Nature-Based Sculpture Program. The work complements the ephemeral form and rammed earth technique of...
State of the Arts - Materials | A Natural State
State of the Arts - Materials | A Natural State

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The physical qualities of natural materials inform Brian Rust's work. Wood is media that he carves and manipulates to a degree, while still allowing the material to "speak directly" to the viewer...
State of the Arts - Materials | A Natural State
State of the Arts - Materials | A Natural State

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The physical qualities of natural materials inform Brian Rust's work. Wood is media that he carves and manipulates to a degree, while still allowing the material to "speak directly" to the viewer...