CARSTEN HÖLLER, Dice
Gagosian Gallery / Frieze Art Fair, Regents Park, London 2014
Hayward Gallery, London 2015
GRP/fiberglass, and poplar plywood on expanded polystyrene core, aluminium structure and mechanical connectors,
240cm × 240cm × 240 cm
A large scale fibreglass dice with tunnels on each dot connecting to a spherical void inside. The dice offers a playspace for children and adults alike, or a quiet space to relax and contemplate.
Publicity/visual CGI, engineering, mechanical and production design and manufacture: Cory Burr – Design Fabricators
Title: MON CIRQUE
Artist: Jaime Hayon
Client: NHS Trust / Carillion Construction
Location: Southmead Hospital, Bristol
Art consultants: Willis Newson
Materials: Fibreglass (GRP), Galvanized and Powdercoated Steel
A series of fifteen sculptures in groupings for each of the three courtyards. Three different sculptural forms made of glass reinforced plastic (GRP) and mounted on galvanized ladder-like tripod plinths and combined in groups of five sculptures for each courtyard. The sculptures range from 4m to 7.5m in height. Each group of five sculptures are finished in a different colour to distinguish the different courtyards and are part of the wayfinding scheme of the hospital. They are be visible from numerous points throughout both the new building and the historic Brunel buildings.
Artist: Robert Orchardson
Location: The Hive, Worcester
Materials: Mirror Polished Aluminium, Stainless Steel Cables
This hanging atrium sculpture was commissioned for the new Worcester Library and History Centre which opened in 2012.
The piece comprises 44 similar triangular panels arranged in a geometric cascade, fabricated in aluminium box section with mirror polished faces and mounted 27 metres in the air. The nodes are milled from solid aluminium and facilitate the connection between panels and suspended from one of the building’s roof cones, hovering above visitors’ heads as they come through the main entrance.
Artist: Robert Orchardson
Client: Argent LLP
Location: Arthouse, Kings Cross (York Way), London
Commissioning Body: Contemporary Art Society
Structural Engineer: Structure Workshop
Materials: Mirror polished stainless steel, aluminium
Two arced art screens of mirror polished stainless steel for two lobbies of the Arthouse residential development at Kings Cross, London
London Fieldworks: SPONTANEOUS CITIES & PLAYFUL LANDSCAPES
Bird & Bug Boxes: Chudovo Birch Plywood
Chaise Lounge: Birch Plywood, Printed Vinyl Fabric
Metamorphic Table: Aluminium Frame, Birch Plywood, Black Oxide Steel Balustrade
London Fieldworks' Spontaneous Citys are sculptural installations drawing on ecology and biodiversity.. The installations are constructed from several hundred bespoke bird boxes mounted in trees and reflect the forms of the surrounding architecture.
The Spontaneous Cities are temporary interventions in the trees reflecting the local architecture, a metaphorical interplay between the condition of the animal and the human. As well as being open to occupation by urban birds and insects, Spontaneous City can also be read as an allegory of population crash and dwindling biodiversity.
National Trust, Clumber Park, Worksop,Nottinghamshire
The Leopard - As was the fashion amongst the aristocracy in the 18th century, and perhaps with the intention of creating a menagerie, the 4th Duke of Newcastle took possession of an exotic animal - a leopard. The animal proved unmanageable however, and was eventually further displaced to a london zoological garden for the advanccement of science and education of the masses.
London Fieldworks' leopard, embodied in the style of fine regency furniture, rests in the branches of a large oak tree in Clumber's pleasure gardens, serving to remind us of the lost habitat of the Newcastle Dynasty and increasingly that of its own. Members of the public are invited to experience The Leopard from the steps of a metamorphic library table.
Spontaneous City in the Cedar of Lebanon
Clumber's missing house, displaced from its original footing in 1938, has been atomised by London Fieldworks, re-imagined and reconfigured to wrap around the high branches of a Cedar of Lebanon as an artwork open to occupation by local wildlife. Cedar of Lebanon trees appear throughout ancient history, used to build temples and palaces, and like the leopard, were a symbol of power and prosperity.
Title: Spontaneous City – New York
Artist: London Fieldworks
Client: Dover Street Market – New York
Location: 160 LEXINGTON AVENUE, NEW YORK, NY 10016
Materials: Chudovo Birch Plywood, Fireproofing
Design and production of 2500 birdhouses in 42 sizes and styles. Another in the series of Spontaneous Cities for London Fieldworks. The production took three weeks from start to finish, including the immersion of all birdhouses in a flame retardant solution, drying, packing & shipping to New York City.
2013 saw the opening in New York of Dover Street Market (DSM-NY), a multilevel store conceptualised by Rei Kawakubo. As well as selling Comme Des Garçons lines, other designers were invited to participate and accorded 'creative spaces' by Kawakubo to open a section of the store and design it in any way they wish, while often selling limited edition pieces made only for DSM. London Fieldworks (Bruce Gilchrist & Jo Joelson) were commissioned to clad the central column, running through 5 floor of the store, with birdhouses in the style of their previous “Spontaneous Cities” projects. Unlike the earlier organic versions, the DSM-NY model is more akin to New York high-rise apartment blocks. Comme des Garçons, is a Japanese fashion label headed by Rei Kawakubo, who owns the company with her husband Adrian Joffe.
Wonders of Weston exhibition, Weston Super Mare Rail Station, UK
Aluminium extrusion, Structural foam cores, “Super-Mirror” polished stainless steel sheet, Recycled sintered rubber
Wonders of Weston, Weston Super Mare, UK
raumlaborberlin : Benjamin Foerster-Baldenius, Axel Timm, Nicole Timm, Sabine Zahn
Situations: Claire Doherty, Michael Prior
raumlaborberlin is a group of architects who combine experimental and participatory working methods with striking designs. They subvert our expectations of what architecture should do and be.
Here raumlaborberlin speak about their unconventional approach to regeneration and how they sought out the overlooked spaces of Weston-super-Mare, drawn to Weston Market by what they called its very ‘British’ character and by the sense of timelessness once inside. raumlaborberlin developed Silly Scope, a temporary structure combining some of the features of a kaleidoscope, a pavilion and an absurd, out of place object, along with the associated project The John Cleese Academy workshops from which SPAM! The John Cleese Fanzine and Funny Foot Age, were produced in collaboration with a group of young people.
Silly Scope was first sited at Weston-super-Mare Railway Station.
In contrast to a conventional approach to regeneration, raumlaborberlin sought out the overlooked spaces of Weston-super-Mare, drawn to Weston Market by what they called its very ‘British’ character and by the sense of timelessness once inside. The market offered a potential live set, or source of props and objects, through which to explore the idea of British humour, so closely identified with seaside towns. Raumlaborberlin developed Silly Scope, a temporary structure combining some of the features of a kaleidoscope, a pavilion and an absurd, out of place object.
Silly Scope is a temporary structure which manifests the Pythonesque mode of seeing the world askew. Resembling a collapsed geodesic dome, the interior surfaces of this structure are reflective creating an effect similar to a mirrored funhouse or hall of mirrors. The structure is modular and has the potential to be moved and seen in different configurations in the future. Crucially Silly Scope is likely to appear where least expected and has been developed to encourage active participation by its users.
Weston Market provided the site in which raumlaborberlin worked with local young people and market stall holders filming sketches based on the life and humour of John Cleese and Monty Python. In the same manner in which Monty Python’s Flying Circus combined animation, performative interruption, anarchic or unexplained characters, raumlaborberlin and the workshop participants worked together over ten days to play out a series of ideas. They produced graphic elements which transformed the bare walls of the market stalls and worked together to produce sculptural objects or props from scenes in Fawlty Towers and Monty Python sketches such as the Moosehead in the hotel lobby, a rat in a biscuit tin and, of course, a dead parrot. The resulting films, Funny Foot Age, recreate some of the most famous Python sketches and suggest a link between the everyday life of Weston and Cleese’s humour; perhaps it was Cleese’s childhood observations of this town that formed the basis for some of the most famous scenes in British comedy.
Raumlaborberlin’s response to the redevelopment of Weston is an astute riposte to the sometimes formulaic style of redevelopment. The artists have developed a distinctive graphic identity featuring the iconic pose adopted by John Cleese in the Ministry of Silly Walks sketch. The site which inspired this work, Dolphin Square and Weston Market was built as one part of a much larger regeneration scheme in the 1960s and as raumlaborberlin’s project developed, the site is again about to enter a time of change and redevelopment. In this context, the imagery and graphics in raumlaborberlin’s work could be thought of as a suggested rebranding for a future Dolphin Square.
Aleksandra Mir: GRAVITY
SPACE SOON: Camden Roundhouse, Camden, London
Fabricated steel components, Found Objects
Gravity: The Eternal Countdown
The Arts Catalyst, London
Aleksandra Mir's vast rocket (20 metres high), a monumental ephemeral sculpture, was built in the former engine shed of The Roundhouse in September 2006. It was constructed out of junk: steel, fibreglass, tractor tires, industrial fans and a discarded tank from a toothpaste factory. It took two days of construction on site, stood erect for three days only and was dismantled in another two days.
The rocket that effectively went nowhere is commemorated through a mixture of production stills, drawings, space ephemera and the artists own pin up photos taken in scrap yards around England during the search for old and dirty things to make the work. Throughout the calendar, data inserted in its corresponding date highlights failure or resistance in the history of space exploration a catalogue of various failures, disasters, minor mishaps and political hurdles.
Assembly Lines - 2017
Artist: London Fieldworks
Client: East Thames Development Corporation
Site: Prospect East - Stratford, London
A series of sculptural reliefs and wall paintings mapping rapid urban development in London E15. 'Assembly Lines' was commissioned by the housing association East Thames for a new residential building in Stratford, London E15 on a former industrial site. Considering the history of the site as a railway wagon works and marshalling yard in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, each of building’s five lobbies was connected with walking routes to five local train stations.
Taking inspiration from the artist Ed Ruscha’s accordion-fold photo-book, 'Every Building on the Sunset Strip', walking routes were captured by photographing buildings and structures along the way; selections were then made from the series of photographs as a record of evolving gentrification amid the changing urban landscape brought about by post-Olympic regeneration. Software transformed buildings and other structures captured in the photographs into 3D models, which was then collapsed into abstracted profiles for assembly into layered architectural reliefs.
The multilayered 3D computer models were broken into constituent parts, CNC machined, pre-assembled in the workshop, painted and fire-proofed prior to installation.
Aleksandra Mir: BIG SCALE (2010)
Materials: Powdercoated Mild Steel, Rubber Flooring, Plywood, Acrylic, Mechanical Components
Publications: Glück happens... Claudia Emmert; Katherine Lewald; Vanessa Krout; Kunstpalais (Erlangen, Germany);Städtische Galerie Erlangen.
Publisher: Heidelberg : Kehrer, 2010.
A bathroom scale that can carry two metric tonnes. For the fat, for the thin, for one person, for two, for many, for a whole family, for neighbours, for co-workers, for people and their pets, for a class of school children, for random gallery goers to weigh themselves together as they pass through the space
National Geographic: Panopticon 2009
designed & constructed for:
Limiteazero & Paolo Rigamonti and Silvio Mondino - Milan
National Geographic Store, Brompton Road, Knightsbridge, London
Materials: Black Oxidised Steel, Corian, Rubber, Aluminium, Mechanical & Electronic Components
A mobile digital media display unit, custom designed for National Geographic Store in London. This digital sculpture is conceived as a standalone windows display, with four monitors on both sides and a custom computer, in order to display its content both toward the outside and the inside simultaneously.
The overall design is inspired by an idea of superimposition of mechanical and electronics aesthetics, resulting in a kind of wired machine made by mild-steel, screws, wheels, handmade custom-tailored cables and connectors, displaying images, colours, TV broadcasting, and information, turning it in a real multimedia unit.
Stairway - Private Residence / Gloucestershire
Patinated steel, oak and toughened & laminated glass
Three Steel Doors / Private residence - Norfolk 2014
Glass and steel doors. Custom fabricated and electro-galvanized.
250cm x 120cm
350cm x 128cm
330cm x 135cm
300 - 500 Kg each
Two Staircases - Private Residence 2007
Steel & Glass / Portabello Market, London
(Glass balustrades fitted later)
Five Columns - Oldham Old Town Hall 2017
Artist: Benedict Phillips
Five steel and Yellow Sandstone Jesmonite (AC730) columns were produced for the regeneration of Oldham Old Town Hall. The columns ranged from 6m to 10m tall, each with a 1.5m White Marble Jesmonite perched atop.
Client: Oldham Council / Morgan Sindall Construction Ltd.
Loft Stairway - Private Residence / London
Steel & Oak
Saatchi Gallery - Duke of York Square 2005
Two Reception Desks / Gift shop cabinets / Cloak room cabinets / Media room workstations / Gallery benches
All design, fabrication and installation
Keith Wilson - Multiple Works 2005-2018
Gates and railings - Colorado, USA 1990 - 1995
Crediton Heights, Queens Park NW10
Three storey staircase and glass balustrade for a North London residential refurbishment of an ex-police station.
PEER Gallery, Hoxton, London -2016
Plywood, Stainless Steel, Woodstain
Stainless steel balustrade
Private residence - London
Stainless steel balustrade
Private residence - London
Private residence - Denver, Colorado 1995
Exposed cherry wood stringer stairway with cherry treads and patinated steel connector plates & balustrade.