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250-252

Days from departure to the final arrival of the “First Fleet” from Britain to Australia.

250-252 night view

“250 – 252” PLINTH PROJECT SCULPTURE NIGHT VIEW

For the Henry Moore Courtyard plinth, I created a large steel sculpture that incorporates a light installation.

250-252 memorial

MEMORIAL AT THE HENRY MOORE COURTYARD

Through its appearance the sculpture refers to the history of the site. The Henry Moore Courtyard is in the former location of Millbank prison that was used as a holding facility before transporting prisoners to Australia. The plinth stands in front of the memorial that reminds visitors of the historic meaning of the site.

Upwards view at the "250-252" mast during the day. It is positioned to indicate movement down the river Thames.

Upwards view at the “250-252” mast during the day. It is positioned to indicate movement down the river Thames.

The direction of the the mast indicates the movement of ships as they were sailing down the river to leave for Australia.

"250-252" View from the street during the day.

“250-252” View from the street during the day.

The lines of steel and glow wire create a shape of a 19th century ship main mast.

quick sketch copy

ORIGINAL CONCEPT SKETCH FOR “250-252”

3D graphic

DEVELOPMENT VISUALISATION OF “250-252”

The steel mast design proportions are chosen from documentations of convict hulks and ships used for convict journeys to Australia in 19th century. Convict hulks were mainly stationary and no longer suitable for travel, however ships used for convict journeys were usually regular merchant ships. The proportion used in the sculpture is taken from a documentation of a mast and yard size guide for merchant ships.

Test assembly of the mast and yard for "250-252" before the install.

Test assembly of the mast and yard for “250-252” before the install.

Hoops for "250-252"

Hoops for “250-252”

The skeleton of the sculpture is formed from steel rods and the glowing wire creates a ghostly image at night.

Day view of "250-252" from the Henry Moore Courtyard.

Day view of “250-252” from the Henry Moore Courtyard.

‘250-252’ was commissioned by Chelsea College of Arts as part of the Henry Moore Plinth Project 2015.