Charging Bull, 1996
• nephrite polar jade, marble & glass
• 12” H x 17” W x 8” D (30cm H x 43cm W x 20cm D)
• corportate collection of RSC Enterprises Ltd., Singapore
Sculptor Michael Binkley received a commission to carve an original fine art stone sculpture of a charging bull from a corporate patron in Singapore. The patron wished Binkley to use nephrite jade for the project and as the image of an Asian water buffalo bull was requested, Michael proposed to contrast the tail and horns of the bull by using white marble.
Binkley stylized the composition and melded the hind legs of the animal into a single form. The bull’s chin rests on its left foreleg and the powerful muscles of the hulking shoulders are evident. Binkley orientated the pose so that the white banded vein flowed from the bull’s hind legs and upward to its forehead. The line of sweeping horns is echoed in the upwardly thrust tail.
Binkley polished the body of the bull to a high gloss, mirror-like finish to accentuate the beauty of the deep green shades of the jade. The tail and horns are a contrasting silky smooth matte finish. The sculptor mounted the sculpture on a rectangular glass base with a double ogee edge.
The sculpture is now in a corporate art collection in Singapore.