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New Technique: Torched Watercolour






Some twenty years ago I had experimented in Aarhus with Fire and Card – successfully capturing the flame on paper.

Whilst painting today I dug into my toolbox in my studio and came across gas torches – last time used to strip old wooden beams from paint.

The acrylic on watercolour paper was still soaking wet – I remembered what I once had done in Denmark – could the wet Iceberg landscape become scorched?

Powerful contrasts between heat and cold embodied in the painting;

And a comment on how we are burning natural resources: mankind torching the iceberg and placing a silver fingerprint on his mark.

Last I visited my sister, geologist Gro Birkefeldt Moeller Pedersen in Iceland it impressed me how fast the Glaciers recede.

In Iceland the Global Warming physically changes the landscape.

And here in Malta where polluting cars dominate the landscape and the way of life; we ignore the unbearable heat inevitably approaching in the coming Summer months.

Whilst money, oil and supplies are plentiful, sea water is desalinated and drinking water is carted home by the dozens in plastic bottles. The winter rains are flushed out at sea with the new storm relief network. Decision makers will in 2018 -as every year- take to the comfort of Air Conditioned black cars and offices – whilst African day-workers cross perilous arterial roads by foot or bicycle in the scorching heat.

Will it be too late the day the politicians start feeling the heat?

Rune Bo Jakobsen

Malta, March 2018

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Paintings and Sculptures Shortfilm

Paintings and Sculptures with roots in Organic Architecture. From Paintings of Valletta Cityscapes to Bronze Horse, Concrete Popcorn, Maltese Limestone and Timber Light Sculptures – the Artists Workshop seeks to experiment and explore. Each new media gives a new angle and inspiration to the artistic journey. Music Copyright by Monica Xiao: ‘Midnight Fantasy’ ; Album: ‘Piano Droplets’

“from Paintings to Sculptures…from Sculptures to Light… from Light to Architecture”

New Art Studio & Exhibition Opening: May 2017





























At the new Art Studio & Gallery Opening in May 2017:

Above: “Voyager I’ Light Sculpture & Mediterranean Clouds

Centre:  Valletta Backlit & Valletta Street Scapes

Below:  ‘In Blue -Waterfall’, ‘Phenomena, Rain Cloud’ & ‘In Red- Glow’

Contact RBJ for Studio Viewings.



Popcorn Sculptures & HUG ME Soft Furniture Now Exhibiting at Malta Design Week

Popcorn Now Exhibiting at Fort St Elmo! -Malta Design Week- 17-24 MAY 10am-10pm

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Popcorn sculpture now at Dock 1

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‘Popcorn’ shortfilm published on Youtube

Now on youtube:

The creative process and public engagement of the travelling concrete ‘Popcorn’ sculpture


Published on Mar 16, 2014

‘Popcorn Travelling Artwork’ Short-film by Rune Bo Jakobsen accompanied by Monica Xiao’s ‘Piano Droplets’: ‘The First Dance’ and ‘Rain Season’

The concept behind the ‘Popcorn’ travelling sculpture is that of expansion and fertility. The popcorn analogy where a tiny seed bursts into a unique sculptural volume can be seen as an expression of life and the growth of the embryo. On one hand, the concept deals with the growth of the individual, yet also the growth of the industrial and physical environment.

The idea was to create an expanding volume using an experimental concrete casting technique where the concrete takes the shape of a textile form. The shape and texture of the sculpture is dictated by the forces and pressures between the flexible skin and the liquid concrete. Expressive tension lines and folds become fossilized in the concrete as if the expansion were frozen in time.
Whilst using industrial materials, the convex shapes are reminiscent of the Maltese Neolithic goddess of fertility. Some casts also contained concave voids, where the sculpture also becomes an introvert space – an opened seed or a womb.

The intention of the project was not only to develop the casting technique; but to bring art out of the museum and directly into the street where the public can touch and perhaps embrace the artwork.

It is a tactile sensory experience: a ‘hug-able’ one tonne concrete popcorn.

The creative process and public engagement has been captured and portrayed in a short-film showing the ‘Popcorn’ travelling to a number of outdoor public locations and events throughout Malta.
Starting in September in the streets of Valletta for the Science in the City; then in October to the gardens of Upper Barrakka for Notte Bianca and in November by the Grand harbour at the Valletta Waterfront. Other hosting locations include Sliema Promenade, Tigné Point, Mater dei Hospital and Zejtun prior to returning to Valletta at the Malta Design Week in May 2014.

During Malta Design Week 2014 the ‘Popcorn’ sculpture along with the experimental test-casts and short-film will be exhibited at Fort St. Elmo, Valletta.

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Popcorn Sculpture at Mater Dei hospital

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Sliema Promenade early Monday morning; December 2013 location for the travelling Popcorn Sculpture

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