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John Chamberlain, Kora, 1963

This is a sculpture made by an artist called John Chamberlain. He has used materials that he found around him. This sculpture was made by cutting, crushing, and bending old parts of cars from a scrap yard. By using the colours and surfaces carefully, John Chamberlain has turned the scrap metal into a very different object. What does this new shape remind you of?

Can you write a story about an object changing into something else? You could look at an object in your own home. How would it change, and what would it become?

31 stories about “John Chamberlain, Kora, 1963”

  1. Max, age 9, from Mexico

    “Dad?” a young boy tugged on his father’s arm and pointed to a large painting on the wall of the museum. “Yes Jake?” he replied. “Why do artists paint alot? Their pictures make no sense to me.” the boy pointed at a picture with black swirls and dark swishes.
    “Well son, that’s the way artists describe their emotions and what they feel at that present time, like angry, sad, loving, and so on.” the dad smiled and walked over to a metal statue crumbled into a what looked like a jumble. “This probably represents the creativity and imagination of the artist.” the dad pointed at the metal ball. “Really? It looks like a jumble of junk to me dad.” the boy pouted and touched it. “Don’t touch it! Don’t touch the valuable art pieces in here son! They are really priceless, they’re here for show.” the dad grabbed his son’s hands and picked him up from the floor.
    “Then I want to be an artist, to express my emotions by crumbling metal into deformed balls.” the boy smiled. “Just like you dad.”
    The dad smiled back and hugged Jake. “Just like me, just like me.” he whispered in his ear.

  2. Marcella, age 10, from USA

    A little green blob walked down the street with a yellow blob nearby . They walk and talk about everything. they are friends.

  3. Georgia, age 10, from New Zealand

    There it was. The flower, the thing i thought i made it ,but it didnt think it came out right. I was making a flower for art class but when the teacher said be creative i went ott majorly. when i showed the teacher she said” Thats horroble get it out of my sight take it home!” So i took it home and showed my parents . They loved it .so they put it up in the sideboard for everyone to see. When someone came round to see it tey told everybody. One day a news reporter took a photo and put it in the paper. Eeryone came to see it so they put it in a shop and it wanted to sell for atleast $30000. I said no. When i grew up i was the one the only John Chamberlain and i named this Kora after my teacher Ms. Kora.

  4. Emma, age 10, from USA

    A Boom was heard from 3 miles north of Kora. Anyone who could see the house of John Chamberlain were amazed. His house had exploded and his private belongings were all in a pile. It was in the news for months! Everyone was amazed.

  5. kirsty foster, age 11, from sunny side

    hi there was a girl who lived very close to a zoo

  6. Jaimee - Lee, age 17, from Australia

    There was once a poor old man who had nothing to live for he only had himself he didnt have no kids or no wife or even a house. so one day he went to the tip and saw a piece of rubbish that looked like a house, well to him anyway so he took it home to his gutter because thats where he lived and didnt worry about any ever again!!!!!!!!!!

  7. unknown, age 10, from england ..woah

    ”rubbish, from a trash can ”they’d all say i looked like, i didnt feel worth liviing any more whats the point. i had no friend, no family they had all abandoned me .my first friend, (that has moved now)was sophie she loved to wear a jesters hat, she just wanted to be friends but i wanted more, i told her my undieing love for her, she didn’t unterstand, she never talked to me from that day on i feel sad, ashamed and alone. untill one day i was asked to go on 20 years younger they said they could help with my problem i was so relieved ,they said id make new friend and look great maybe even get a girlfriend. i could start again, i would never corvert anyone again, 2 weeks later 20 years younger phoned me took me into the studo ”oookkkaayy”he said slowly” we will give you a whole new look” i was so glad they did it perfectly i am now a mother and a wife, i love my life i would never give it up .

  8. weird kid, age 12, from america

    This is a sculpture made by an artist called John Chamberlain. He has used materials that he found around him. This sculpture was made by cutting, crushing, and bending old parts of cars from a scrap yard. By using the colours and surfaces carefully, John Chamberlain has turned the scrap metal into a very different object.
    “Dad?” a young boy tugged on his father’s arm and pointed to a large painting on the wall of the museum. “Yes Jake?” he replied. “Why do artists paint alot? Their pictures make no sense to me.” the boy pointed at a picture with black swirls and dark swishes.
    “Well son, that’s the way artists describe their emotions and what they feel at that present time, like angry, sad, loving, and so on.” the dad smiled and walked over to a metal statue crumbled into a what looked like a jumble. “This probably represents the creativity and imagination of the artist.” the dad pointed at the metal ball. “Really? It looks like a jumble of junk to me dad.” the boy pouted and touched it. “Don’t touch it! Don’t touch the valuable art pieces in here son! They are really priceless, they’re here for show.” the dad grabbed his son’s hands and picked him up from the floor.
    “Then I want to be an artist, to express my emotions by crumbling metal into deformed balls.” the boy smiled. “Just like you dad.”
    The dad smiled back and hugged Jake. “Just like me, just like me.” he whispered in his ear.
    and from then on the child was different

  9. sophia, age 8, from nj

    fire is bad

  10. Abbie, age 9, from united kingdom

    “Mum?”.annabelle said to her mum.”yes darling”.annabelle was looking at a picture of scream from the horror movie.”Who painted that picture.”?”edvard much”her mothe replyed.the pictures clouds looked like real blood and it frightened the life out of her.

  11. Hanna, age 12, from Poland

    There was once a beautiful princess. All day she stood in front of the mirror and look on her reflection. She lived in a castle, sourounded by a garden. There were thousedns and thousedns of flowers in there, and they smelled of spring and perfum. The princess liked to go to the garden and wonder the paths and pick up flowers. In fact it was everything that she had been doing all her life- pick up flowers and look at her reflection in the mirror. “Nothing last forever” she thought holding one of the flowers, which just started to loose its petals. “I wish it would”. Next day she woke up, she looked in the mirror and she was old, and on her bed there was a metllic flower-pretty and never mean to fade.

  12. Lucas and Andrea., age 12, from Prague

    This sculpture reminds of a man with a very big nose.I thing he is a French man because he is wearing a French hat .I can see a woman with blonde hair who is breaking up.

  13. felia, age 56, from kata

    fire is not good

  14. Tifenn, age 12, from Prague

    A man and a woman are married.They are in love.Once one day the girl learn his husband is a quiller,and she decide to bring up.Now the girl and the man are separate of a wall.And the woman dot love his husband.She is remaried whith a very simpatic man.

    THE AND

  15. HARRISU, age 8, from UNITED KINGDOM

    “MUM” ALEXANDRER SAID “YES” THE MOTHER REPLIED. “I AM LOOKING FOR SOME PORTRATES IN THIS MUESIUM”. THE MOTHER ANSERED”THERE OVER THERE”. SO ALEXANDRER WENT OVER AND SAW A POTRAIT OF GUY FORKS. SHE LOOKED AT A BOOKLET BELOW HIM AND LEARNED A LOT. SHE WENT TO THE HOUSES OF PARLEMENT ONE DAY AND LEARNED EVEN MORE AND ALEXANDRER WENT TO THE MUSIEM AGAIN SHE DONE THE SAME THING SHE DONE LAST TIME

    THE END

  16. You crank dat, age 55, from 55

    It looks like a machete, a soda can, a flower, Justin Ramirez

  17. daniel aponte, age 27, from ny

    once upon a time . there lived a boy , name Daniel Aponte . he lived with his mom , and dad
    his mom name is Rihanna and mister oliver war bucks . his mom is a police woman , his
    father is a rich man . that will change , until tomorrow . and it did i went looking for a job , i said hello out there i am just looking for a job . any job , then it happened a young stranger
    said hi my name is chef Elmo I am looking . for a new head chef , cool i am looking to be a
    chef . i am going to need , a 12 years experience i love to cook up a dish for you . chef Elmo
    said sure , my kitchen is this way . i am going to make you a special dish , i call it Daniel . Aponte , Daniel aponte grilled barbecue stuffed cheese ravioli tortellini Alfredo . first i must
    wash my hands , turn on oven 375 . 1/2 cups heavy cream 2/4th cups of mustard , boil water
    add salt add oil boil for 2 hours and 45 minutes after it been 2 hours and 45 minutes drop in stuffed cheese ravioli and tortellini marinate the shrimp 4/4th cup of lemon juice 6/4th cups. ginger powder onion powder 2/4th cup of lime juice after it been 2 hours 45 minutes
    drain out the pasta now for sauce 3/3rd of a cup of mince carrots 4 quarter cup of dark brown sugar not to much , let the sugar dissolve stir it slowly . after it been 4 hours to grill the shrimp for about two minutes per side after it been 2 minutes , take it off the grill here’s
    comes the fun part baking it lay out 6 shrimp on to the baking pan add the pasta and add
    the sauce . add the cheese bake it for 10 minutes after it been 10 minutes take it out let , it
    rest 2 minutes after it been 2 minutes enjoy it with garlic bread . once i gave the head , chef
    Elmo he loved it and said welcome aboard you are a chef. i was so happy chef Elmo , said
    tell your parents i will tonight . tonight the night i tell my family i am the new chef , mom dad
    can we talk its important attention family i got good news . what is it Daniel Aponte , i am
    a new chef i will be working with all chefs my my this is good news mom dad i hope your
    not mad at me i had to expire my boss so much he’s paying me 123,434.00.99 $ oh buy . the way dad you have been fired the end

  18. HARRISU, age 8, from england

    once there was a ginger girl and she was very pretty everyone in the village thought she was pretty she got a spell put on her by a wicked witch she made a poshion and left it in the couldren. meanwile ginger girl was locked up in a tower. she found a key on a chair well under the chair. she unlocked the door went downstairs and spotted a couldren cause she was clever she knew what the witch was doing try and make her look pretty as ginger girl.she poured a bottle of poishon in the couldren then hided behind a desk then the witch came back . she imediatly drunk the poishon and she was turned into a baby ginger girl said to herself i wont have to worry about her anymore.

  19. beth, age 14, from ukkkkk

    one day i saw a blob. it exploded! =] tada!

  20. Isabellaahh :), age 14, from Nevereverland

    There was once a lovely gem that everyone wanted, but one day it got stole by a evil tramp and taken to a dark place where all there was, was rubbish and waste. The horrible man decided that he needed to give it a case so it did not get stratched. So the only things that where avalibable was the greasy stuff he had around him. So the case was made from this, eventually they found the missing gem and the man was arrested.

    THE END

  21. Izzibleb, age 14, from MiddleEarth

    Once apon a time, there was a fish called Blibe, and he was a very happy fish and wanted to explore the world, but one day he went down a different stream from his usual. There he met all kind of strange animals, one of them was a mutated fish called Mutatedgirlafishasaurus, and she soon fell in love with Blibe, but the chemicals in the pool of water soon combined all the animals. This made a statue that was preserves in the Green Grass Animal Santuary. :)

  22. Lisa, age 14, from England

    I was invited to the TV show, Scrap heap challenge to battle against the team, Red Barrons. We had to make a small form of art made from parts of cars, my team decided to base our ideas on a blooming flower. We crushed the pieces of metal an curved the ends to make the petals of a beautiful lily. The Red Barrons made a vase and together we decided to put our sculptures together and produce a winning piece of artwork!

  23. 9, age 9, from England

    once upon a time there lived a little girl called Megan. She went out for a walk in the woods. Megan got her hat , scarf and gloves because it was winter. As Megan ran through the cold misty woods the clouds got darker and white drops began to fall. it was snow. And then in the distance she could see a beautiful snow horse. Megan was so cold she collapsed on the crunchy snow. The snow horse flew up to her and took her to a warm place. Megen a work and she said to the snow horse “where am I ” the snow horse replied “you are safe in this beautiful palace. will you help me kidnap the witch” yes yes of course i will. so off they went. the witch was called Ogen. All Megan done was click her fingers and Ogen was a Lemon.They put it in a dusty old box and then looked it in the ccupboard. THE SNOW HORSE TOOK MEGAN BACK HOME AND THEY ALL LIVED HAPPILY EVER AFTER….
    THE END

  24. miley, age 11, from sweet land

    “mum,dad where are you hello”said shannon we’re up stairs darling”mum called down so shannon went up stairs” we’ve got wonderful news to tell you”said mum “what is the news then” said shannon.

    the end
    you’ll have to wait till the next series.

  25. Forgot, age 0, from Nachos

    Once upon a time there was a green elephant his name was fred fredburger he ate poo,nachos,frozen youget . one day fred fredburger said a bad word …………………………………………………………………………………… YES

  26. RUBEN, age 8, from england

    It was spring.The catterpillars were hatching from their crysalis pods as Beutiful moths & butterflies, learning to fly.Tiberlt the hawk-moth was one of these.He swooped about, avoiding hedge-hogs & bats.”I’m going to be a honey-maker” He proudly told his friends.They just laughed.But he knew that nothing, nobody could stand between him & his hopes.

  27. Emma, age 8, from United Kingdom

    There lived a boy called Jack who always wished to make a rocket. He went to a Science Museum and visited the rocket area and saw the most amazing ROCKET!! He was so happy that he went over the moon. He decided to go to NASA in Florida and he saw a rocket taking off. He asked a spaceman if he could make a rocket, the man said “What type of ROCKET” Jack said ” an art ROCKET, that has three engines, can disappear into thin air and make everybody happy”. They went to a special rocket designer and they set off making the rocket, launching happiness all over the world.

  28. Michaela, age 10, from USA

    GREG!!!!!!!!! yelled my mom sobbing!My uncle is here!Why is my mom sobbing then?My dad sudenly appeared in the living room by me.He started “you know how uncle Greg has been in hospitals lately……and he in his much old days?I nodded slowly wondering where this was going.Then sudenly I knew he died.How?The doctors said he was going to be fine.Well, he had a heartattack.What????He was on the right stuff thought I asked. Yes and no. What?Yes some was right and some wasn’t.I went to my room sobbing.My mom came in.His funeral is at five…….are you coming?I think Im not going to his funeral.Im having second thoughts about that.Why you know he would come to yours.I know.I do want to see him but watching him be bared…….na.Come on Aunt Suzie can even make it.Can we get him cream maded?I asked. You know what that’s a great idea then we’ll always have him.I’ll ask aunt Suzie.She said YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!I love him so much I’ll just keep him.Five o’clock came.I still didnt come cause some people wanted him bared so they were going to bare him and when everyone was gone they were going to dig him back up and cream made him.When my family was pulling out,I came and stopped them!I was not going to miss his funeral!

  29. MOLLY, age 11, from UK

    “Mum what on earth is this piece of work?!” I asked in confusion. ” Well Maddie you see things that look quite weird like this can be worth a lot of money and its called kora.” She carried on, ” you don’t appreciate anything do you madam. This person has spent a lot of time on this to show their work to lots of different people.” I nearly started to cry but I chose not to. “Come to think of it I quite like this…. mum? Can you buy these pieces of work because I really like it now. I’ve changed my mind. How much is it ?” I wondered. Mum started to answer, ” for 1 million pounds, forget it. Come on we’re going home!” I back chatted. ” But mum?!”
    The end.

  30. Robert, age 12, from E

    It was just a normal day. I returned home from school to mess around on the computer. I had homework to do but I just couldn’t be bothered. I’d waited for a month for this day to arrive, when my parents were out and I could play all night without those annoying nags telling me to do my homework and keeping the computer unplugged until I did. So as I settled down in the ancient chair and turned on the monitor I suddenly heard “TRANSFORM!”.
    This had been three days ago. When Matt had woken up in hospital after being catapulted out of the window he almost fell out of the bed with shock. What had happened? The computer had turned into a mutant penguin and with one peck had sent him flying. Only I could have such luck as to be the one on the computer when it changed. Ollie (I thought of the name for the penguin myself) was pretty random but when it smashed down every building on the road except the McDonalds we knew we were in for some trouble. A mutant penguin who likes double cheeseburgers. Original.
    I realised something today. The penguins don’t eat the cheeseburgers, they use them as weapons! I always thought there was something fishy about those McDonalds staff. I now know they are alien shopkeepers who make cheeseburger grenades, the ultimate weapons. This has been two days since I left hospital. My mum naturally thought I caused all the destruction by calling in Mason, a criminal on the loose. My own mother turned the police on me, I am now running from them, my parents, my friends, Ollie and McDonalds staff.
    I saw mason in his mustang with Ollie in the passenger seat. I ran and ran but fell on a rabbit hole and broke my leg. Ollie got out the car and walked up to me with a machine gun and looked at me. This is the story of how I got killed by a mutant penguin.

  31. Georgina Morley, age 11, from England

    No one touched it; no one dared walk by it. It was strange and mysterious and nobody really knew what it was and what it was supposed to mean. Everything had a meaning in 2145, if it didn’t it was feared; it was considered deadly.
    The ‘piece of no meaning’ (also called Kora), was put in the Etat Gallery, where it was placed in a corner in hope of being forgotten. Despite the efforts, people still steered away from it; like it would do something, something strange.

    And one night it did.

    The Etat Gallery had just closed, the security guards patrolled the corridors and the lights gave off a dim light. Nothing stirred or made a sound, apart from the rustle, rustle of the guards trousers.
    Suddenly, the lights flashed three times and went out. Everything went dark.
    The security guards looked at each other in alarm! What was happening? It MUST have a meaning.
    Slowly a warm orange glow appeared at the other side of the hall, the guards walked like zombies towards it; as if in a trance.
    The Kora was spinning, getting faster and faster growing and growing and glowing even more as it spun. Still the guards walked towards it, entranced. One by one the security guards slid into the giant whirlpool, eyes closed, hearts slowing, brains emptying.
    The Kora was chanting “John Chamberlain, John Chamberlain, where are YOU, John Chamberlain”.
    The last of the guards were swallowed up, and all that was left of them was their badges.
    The next day the badges were found, no one knew what had happened, all they knew was that the Kora was gone.
    And it all still remains a mystery.