This piece derives directly from the form of an aqueduct, and as such closely relates to the network of canals upon which the Brindleyplace development is centred. It is a hollow construction in two sections as if broken in the middle, one with two arches, one with three, and at each end the beginnings of a further arch is suggested, thus implying a continuation of the piece beyond the plaza. It stands on a low stepped base filled with gravel. Its stark black forms dominate the canal side of the piazza, drawing the eye across the fountains from the main shopping area, and at night it is dramatically illuminated from below by recessed lighting. The surface patination will gradually change in response to weathering over time.(1)
This piece was the result of a design competition held by Brindleyplace PLC in conjunction with the Royal Society of British Sculptors.(2) Davies won with designs for three sculptures to be erected on the site. Aquaduct (sic) was the first to be unveiled, in August 1995, to the north of the fountains and overlooking the canal.The square that the piece is placed within was designed by Townshend Landscape Architects.The piece was supported by A.B.S.A. (Association for Business Sponsorship of the Arts).
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