Sculpture Archive

  1. Pentringslist

    The bombardment has begun and you can’t move in London at the moment for mentions of you-know-which sporting event – I even saw a tampons advert which managed to shoehorn in a high jumper. But cynicism aside, these Typographic Tree Rings are real winners. Measuring 15 metres in diameter and made from phosphored bronze and stainless steel, the ten rings tell the story of the east London site which is about to be thrust into the worldwide limelight.

  2. Etienne-gros-list

    Etienne Gros pulls and tucks dense foam to take the form of a shapely lady minus head and legs (very like a squidgy Venus de Milo) – the result, Les Mousses, is so simple and so effective (though undoubtedly takes some skill to realise) that I’m only able to muster the singular thought of “brilliant”.

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    The northwestern European compulsion to discuss the weather perhaps arises from the fact that, in these parts, you can rarely predict it; oh, to live in a place without four seasons in one day! But it does mean that there’s always a guaranteed topic for small-talk, and Troika is generating further discussion with their tongue-in-cheek outdoor installation, The Weather Yesterday, on London’s Hoxton Square.

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    There’s nothing more soothing than listening to the gentle tapping of rainfall on a cool summer’s evening (if you’re reading this in the UK, you’ll probably disagree). Something about its gentle rhythm naturally calms the soul. Sadly the sight of it seems to have quite the opposite effect, dampening your spirits as it does the same to your clothes. Until now that is.

  5. Bevis-charlie

    I like to think that the future of education lies in the clay-stained hands of Bevis Martin and Charlie Youle – two folk on a heroic quest to take what we consider concrete ideas (namely maths and bodily organs) and reinvent them as something similar but slightly off-kilter.

  6. Jacob-hashimoto-list

    Now, here’s a high-flying artist – since completing a degree in fine art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Jacob Hashimoto has had his installations exhibited all over the world. What’s more, his primary material these days is… kites! Using plain and patterned papers strung up by bamboo framing networks, he constructs site-specific artworks comprised of these kite-elements, that seek to challenge the conventional boundaries between pictorial and sculpted space.

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    Kumi Yamashita’s work has an understandable tendency to go viral. With an ingenius use of materials that draw attention to the shadow-casting capabilities of relatively simple materials, the New York-based artist presents dual and mutually compatible works that are both abstract and extremely naturalistic.

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    Patience is a virtue I never really learned – people dawdling at self-service ticket machines is the quickest-fire way to make my blood boil – so I’m all the more wowed by anyone who can boast it by the bucketload.

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    A ridiculously large amount of people can’t bear to see objects placed too close to the edge of a surface, particularly if the objects are smashable and the floor is hard. Seeing a glass of water placed dangerously close to a laptop, or a backpack wearer laughing backwards into a teetering sculpture can conjure up a twitching in the fingers that not much else can. But when an artist comes along and slams that feeling – in the form of concrete and iron – down in front of our very eyes, something makes us want to look closer, for a little longer.

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    Take a closer look at Jill Sylvia’s work – it’s hard not to be impressed. She painstakingly hand-cuts out the negative spaces between grids on ledger paper to amazing effect (and scale). By systematically subtracting elements, the surface is transformed into a lattice; a material language that runs throughout her art.

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    Take those scraps of paper lying around your desk, draw on them, cut pieces from them, tack them up somewhere… and BAM, supersculptures! Well, not quite – far more detail, hard work and concentration occurs in the production of Mia Pearlman’s work, which utilises the layering, sculpting, and light-admitting capabilities of paper to wondrous effect.

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    You don’t get many people cutting up money what with the current (cue finger-apostrophes) “ECONOMIC CLIMATE”, but Rodrigo Torres is going for it, and the results are pretty spectacular. Like most of us, he’s realised how beautiful the patterns are that fill the banknotes of each country, and he has since set about collaging them together to make multi-layered scenes of ancient buildings, wild animals and the faces of those deemed worthy to be immortalised on cash. Beautiful!

  13. Erwin-wurm-one-minute-sculptures-3

    Vienna-based sculptor Erwin Wurm has a history of using whatever objects and materials are at hand. In the early days, it was because he couldn’t afford to buy them; his first sculptural works were therefore made of wood, because he lived above a wood shop, and the next batch were made using cans and buckets (because he had moved near a factory that produced them).

  14. Ball-nogues-yucca-crater

    Last October, this structure was filled with saltwater; you could climb up the curved outer walls, survey the reflective ripples, and jump right in – escaping the desert heat for a refreshing swim. The interior surfaces even had brightly coloured rock-climbing holds, so you could perch yourself at various points in the structure – either to practice diving from different angles or perhaps just take a break. It was a welcoming, man-made oasis in an arid landscape, fifteen miles from human civilisation.

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    American artist Victoria Haven evidently loves geometry. Her composite shapes and web-like, skeletal works take the form of paintings, photography and sculpture. They remind me of abstract landscapes or imaginative geology formed out of strips of tape, thick painterly lines of ink and watercolour, or solid steel struts. Playing with perspective, she manipulates 2D and 3D space to create elegantly simple but bold pieces that float in space, and are, well pretty captivating. I find myself trying to follow the lines, and untangle the puzzle of interlocking shapes. Each time I look at them, I almost see a new combination of projecting and retreating surfaces.

  16. Kblist

    They say there are only two things in life that are certain – death and taxes. Well it might be time to add a third one to that list (even at risk of skewing a pithy aphorism) – so it’ll be death and taxes and Kyle Bean’s updates being tremendous. The splendidly-talented Brighton graduate has been at it again with the newest additions to his portfolio continuing his lust for excellence in everything he does. Pick of the bunch is a dazzling model satirising the bird flu panic for Scientific American but a paper heart for Men’s Health, an upside down house for Lloyds and a world made of footprints for Nature magazine all confirm what we already knew – Kyle Bean is brilliant.

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    These intriguing polymer clay sculptures are part of an on-going series by Melbourne-based artist Matt Hinkley. Colourful and weird, the irregular shaped fragments float in front of walls, demanding closer inspection. Exhibited from inconspicuous white fittings, they appear like small, intricate pieces of retro ceramic or the soles of wacky shoes worn in Saved by the Bell.

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    Hanging clothes up is something I’m fairly bad at remembering to do. I try things on and in my excitement for the next item, my grip automatically loosens and the piece of clothing drops to the floor as I reach for another. It’s a bad habit but perhaps I’d be more encouraged to tidily hang things if my garments could look as beautiful as Hanna Sandin’s suspended installations of everyday objects.

  19. Doglist

    If your only exposure to south-west London is via Made in Chelsea (it’s a show where rich people sleep with each other and then moan about it in overpriced bars for our overseas readers), then get ray to have your world shattered come July. The Exhibitoin Road show is taking over the Kenisngtona nd Chelsea for the first nine days of the Olympic Games and there’s a wealth (pun intended) of great stuff to see and do with new arts commissions from Katie Paterson, Graeme Miller and Tomas Libertiny, sculptures housing bees, a bicycle orchestra and the chance to look round a particle accelerator.

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    We should be more aware that recycling is something kids do naturally. The amount of toilet roll tubes and egg boxes that were upcycled into magnificent artworks when I was younger definitely (maybe) made a dent in our wastage as a society. And while my Art Attack days are behind me, I still marvel at those who are able to create something out of nothing.

  21. Jdlist

    Whatever the reason for it being built – and debates over what Stonehenge actually is still rage among academics – it remains one of England’s most recognisable sights. The mystery may help explain its endurance in our national consciousness, but whenever this happens, creatives cannot help muck around with such a legacy. Arguably the best scene of the superlative SpinalTap comes when the tiny model of the famous landmark is lowered onto the stage during their song about the druid-built wonder, Eddie Izzard has a section on it in his Dress to Kill show and now Jeremy Deller has created an inflatable version for the Glasgow International Festival of Visual Arts.

  22. Sdlist

    Figurative sculpture treads a fine line between gallery and garden centre sometimes, but Sophie Dickens gets it bang on. She was commissioned to make a judo sculpture for the Olympic Judo Centre ahead of this summer’s games, and has gone on to create a bronze sporting series to go on show at the Sladmore Contemporary in May. Sophie has a real pedigree as a sculptor having won the V&A Sculpture Prize in 2007, but it’s her attention to detail that seems to raise her work above the norm. She took an anatomy course to better understand how the human body works and when she was commissioned for the Olympic piece she spent hours studying judo moves so as to better recreate them. The results are extraordinarily dynamic pieces that appear frozen in time, as though the White Witch had gotten furious in a 2012 training camp (she turned people to stone, it’s not that tenuous a reference!)

  23. List-danielpalacios_waves

    Creating models so that we might see something invisible (like sound) is a fascinating and perpetuating phenomena between artists and scientists – both striving for physical representations so that we might better understand the thing beyond its theory. What Daniel Palacios’s Waves installation has done is create a beautiful explanation of how sound inhabits space, how the “chaos of infinite variables” that create noise might influence the sinusoidal waves conducted between two turbines connected by a length of rope.

  24. Luke-jarram-aelous-list

    Named after the Greek god of wind, Aeolus – Acoustic Wind Pavilion is a giant instrument and optical sculpture, crafted by Luke Jerram. Currently singing away in Canary Wharf, Aeolus allows wind to resonate through polished steel tubes and along vibrating strings attached to the tubes. The hum produced is attuned to the aeolian scale and registers even in the lowest of winds, creating a soundscape of the environment throughout the day. The pavilion itself is a remarkable feat of elegant engineering as each protrusion reflects the sky light to the centre of the harp-like structure combining the particular nuances of light and sound into a quite beautiful and situationally unique performance.

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