Browsing Category: public art

  • Ryan Gander, Dad’s Halo Effect (2014)

    Let’s get a comparison out of the way. Art is like an infinite game of chess. An artwork will reorient all the pieces round it, and inevitably change the game. But chess fans visiting Beswick in East Manchester may be frustrated by the inscrutable configuration of pieces in Ryan Gander’s third major artwork for the public. It’s a checkmate, apparently. But …

    November 27, 2014
  • Carlos Cruz-Diez, Dazzle Ship (2014)

    In the event of a submarine attack, the safest place to be in Liverpool right now is on board the Dazzle Ship by Carlos Cruz-Diez. It presents a ‘moving’ target even when moored up. Clashing colours and disruptive patterns were hit upon during World War One as a way of confusing German U-Boats who, after …

    October 19, 2014
  • Interview: Tamsin Dillon

    What might it be about a subterranean art commission which makes the imagination soar? Michael Landy, Jeremy Deller and Eva Rothschild are among the well-known contemporary artists to have taken their talents underground in recent times. It’s a gallery space you probably know, and chances are you have travelled on it. Art on the Underground …

    November 24, 2011
  • Isabella Niven, Most Days You Will See A Pigeon (2010)

    The pigeon is an unlikely emblem of civic pride. They are not lions or liver birds. They confer no distinction. Even towns have them. Even some villages. But Milton Keynes is no ordinary place. Unlike most of the UK it is built on a grid system and the boulevards have numbers which reach into the …

    September 14, 2010
  • Heather & Ivan Morison, Luna Park (2010)

    You would think it was put there for the children. The dinosaur stands at a picnic spot, 30ft high, robust enough to throw stones at, as some of the kids are doing. So close to a beach and a circus, a hoverport and an amusement arcade, it looks here like one more piece of spectacle. …

    August 31, 2010
  • Interview: John Gerrard

    Canary Wharf underground station offers the best and the worst opportunity an artist could hope for. “There are 45 million people who will travel through that station per annum, which is extraordinary. There’s no gallery in the world which could even boast a fraction of that kind of potential audience,” says John Gerrard. “But of …

    August 5, 2010
  • Antony Gormley, Critical Mass (1995-2010)

    Fifteen years after its inception, Antony Gormley has revived the piece Critical Mass for the roof of De La Warr Pavilion. Since then his life-size casts of the human form have conquered London, New York and even Crosby Beach near Liverpool. They are contemporary icons. An inestimable number of people have seen these works first …

    July 30, 2010