Why do you need a rock to build your sculptures?
AUSTRALIAN artist and rock sculptor John Denev has spent nearly 20 years building rock sculptures of his own, from the ancient ruins of Cape York in South Africa to the iconic Stone Garden sculptures of Stonehenge.
In an exclusive interview with TheJournal.ie, Denebov said that the Stone Garden was his first love and that his work was an extension of his love of rock music.
“I think rock music is a form of art and it’s something that people really love to listen to, and I just wanted to have a rock music album on my turntable, and have that in my life, which I think is a great feeling,” Denebrov said.
“The Stone Garden is an album of a thousand rock songs that I just recorded.
I thought I was going to be writing about rock music and I didn’t realise how much it meant to me.”
The artist, who is also the founder of a rock group, Rock & Roll Rock, has been working with rock music for decades and was fascinated by the rock landscape.
“You know, it’s so different from any other country in the world,” he said.
“You know where the people are and what they’re doing, so I was fascinated with that, and how it was different.”
When I was a child I used to come to Stonehence and look at the stone garden and think it’s a beautiful place and it reminds me of my own childhood, but also a little bit of the way life was, and that’s what I wanted to do with the Stone Gardens.
“It’s just something that I was really into and I wanted it to be as real as possible.
I think people have been fascinated by that place for a long time.”
Mr Denebrevs work includes rock sculptures, but his most recent project is a stone garden sculpture that he has built with a rock.
He said he chose the Rock Garden as a symbol of the rock that gave him his inspiration.
“There’s a very strong connection between rock and nature, and when I first started doing this, I was just thinking about the rock in a very positive way.”
And then when I came back and was going through all the rock pieces I’d made, I realised that it had a huge impact on me.
It just had this connection to me and it just kind of happened.
“Denebovsky’s work is part of a growing trend in South African rock music, where artists are using traditional forms of rock art to tell stories about their lives.
Denev said he would like to be able to create sculptures in his own country that speak to other South Africans and tell stories of their own.”
This country is very, very, special, and the people here are very kind, very generous, very kind,” he told TheJournal .”
And there are a lot of people who are just really kind and supportive.
I just want to share my life here.”DENEBROV’S ROCK SITESHELPERS ROCKS ROCK AUGUST 10: John Dennov’s rock studio in Cape York.
APSE: Rock sculpture in Stonehenes stone garden.
AUSTRALIA’S TOP GRADIENT: Rock artist and stone garden builder John Derebov’s Rock Garden sculptures, which include the Stone-Garden sculptures, were unveiled in Cape Town on August 10.”
One of the things I wanted, and what I think most people want to do, is to have something that can really, really, and really really, completely and utterly transform people’s lives and create a connection with something that you can feel,” Derebrov told The Journal.”
That’s why I made the Stone and the Stone is really the most important part of this project, because it’s about how it makes people feel.
“The rock sculptures are also part of an ongoing project to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital of South Africa (CHSA).
Denebervs Rock Garden and Stone Garden are funded by the CHSA’s Rock Foundation.
The ROCKS GARDENS will be unveiled in two years.
The Rock Foundation has previously launched a similar fundraising campaign in 2017 for the South African Institute of Design (SAID).
The Rock foundation has also supported rock music artist Lili Lesh, who has raised money to fund a Rock Museum in her native Kenya.
I’m very excited about this, but there’s a lot more to it, so that’s the exciting part,” Dennav said.