For the Henry Moore Courtyard plinth, I created a large steel sculpture that incorporates a light installation.
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.
The direction of the the mast indicates the movement of ships as they were sailing down the river to leave for Australia.
The lines of steel and glow wire create a shape of a 19th century ship main mast.
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.
The skeleton of the sculpture is formed from steel rods and the glowing wire creates a ghostly image at night.
‘250-252’ was commissioned by Chelsea College of Arts as part of the Henry Moore Plinth Project 2015.