Type Readymade , Sculpture
The artists worked together in conceiving the form and composition of the piece, which is based on the theme of a spaceship. This evolved during the construction process, which Richardson describes as 'additive...mixing materials and collaging objects'.(1) Incorporated within the piece are the remnants of technological society, old bicycle wheels and car tyres and exhausts, springs and fan-blades, which are welded onto the exterior of the spherical steel sheet core. The whole was originally polished and laquered, although it is now entirely rusted from prolonged exposure to the elements in its exposed location.
This piece was commissioned in 1993 by the Midland Arts Centre New Work Trust. It was devised as a collaboration between a jeweller, Caroline Webb and a sculptor, Paul Richardson, to be exhibited as the centrepiece for the Jewellery Focus exhibition at the MAC Centre. Made at 3F Studios, Birmingham, the cost of the piece was £6,000, and funding came exclusively from the New Work Trust. It was erected at the start of the exhibition in late November 1993, when it was temporarily sited in the inner courtyard. When the exhibition ended in January 1994, it was moved to its present location.(2)
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