Christopher Frost, Pinnacle of 3000 Whys, 2016. Wood, paint, and cast concrete, 40 x 38 x 21 in.

Christopher Frost


Boston Sculptors Gallery

Chinese scholar’s rocks are hunks of stone sculpted by nature into bizarre and visually interesting shapes. Pitted, eroded, and wrinkled, they evoke landscapes, waves, mountain peaks, sometimes human and animal figures. In Asia, they are mounted on individually designed bases as objects of contemplation and inspiration. Boston sculptor Christopher Frost, fascinated by such “viewing stones,” received an alumni grant from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts to travel to China and seek them out on their home turf. He was stunned by the contrast between these serene objects and the dazzling, disorienting, hyperactive culture of contemporary China. Two cement forms, Floating Bridge Century Sonny and Pinnacle of 3000 Whys, remain close to their Chinese models. Much of Frost’s earliest work used cast cement to produce realistic forms, but these works represent a leap into the unknown …see the entire review in the print version of July/August’s Sculpture magazine.