Conrad Shawcross’s sculpture The Dappled Light of the Sun 2015 fills the entrance courtyard of the Royal Academy London and a substantial exhibition of his work is now on display at Victoria Miro’s gallery in Wharf Road. The exhibition focusses on maquettes for realised and proposed commisions that demonstrate Shawcross’s exploration of the artistic and sculptural potential of the four-sided tetrahedron and its relationship to the human body and to architecture.
London artist Shawcross, born in 1977 and the youngest living artist to be elected to the Royal Academy, has other works planned across London. The Francis Crick Institute has commissioned a 14 metre high sculptural tower called Paradigm made of weathered steel to provide a strong visual statement at the entrance of the Crick Institute in St Pancras when it opens next year and he has also been commissioned for sculpture in Dulwich Park where “Three Perpetual Clouds” replaces a stolen Barbara Hepworth sculpture.
“The Crick’s success will depend on the way researchers collaborate with colleagues from other disciplines. New advances often occur when we are able to look at things from a different perspective. Conrad’s stimulating design for Paradigm draws on both artistic and scientific inspiration. It’s also an exceptional piece of engineering and will be a striking new piece of public art for London.” (Sir Paul Nurse, Director and Chief Executive of the Crick Institute)