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Ceiling sculptures in white painted bronzemesh for hotel corridor

‘CIRRUS I, II, III’ 2014

CIRRUS I, II, III’ 2014
3 ceiling sculptures, 500 x 70 x 15 cm each

White finished bronze-mesh, suspended

This sculpture is part of the ‘CIRRII SERIES’:
The ‘CIRRII SERIES’ 2014 / 2015
17 sculptures commissioned for interior spaces of at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London / Trafalgar Square

Ostensibly these are sculptural representations of water vapour or clouds. Cloud forms can look solid to us when we see them from below or above. Artists have sought to capture their fascinating transient beauty in painting and photography but is rare to find as a subject for sculpture. British artist Antony Gormley first tried it out with his steel construction ‘The Quantum Cloud‘, a 3D steel messy-like construction at London’s Millennium Dome (O2 Arena) in 1999 and then later again in 2007 with ‘Cloud Chamber‘ at the Haywood Gallery, London where he created ‘a real cloud‘ in a glass box which people were able to walk through. Spanish artist Jaume Plensa’s ‘Nuage Series‘ 2012 of floating cloud form and figure are another example and of course so are Andy Warhol’s ‘Silver Clouds‘ 1966.

The series of 17 sculptures in white finished bronzemesh comprises
CIRRUS LARGE SERIES I - III’ 2014
3 ceiling sculptures, 500 x 70 x 15 cm each
CIRROSTRATUS LARGE’ 2014
Ceiling rose, 160 x 140 x 24 cm
CUMULUS’ 2014
Stairwell sculpture, 370 x 170 x 120 cm
CIRRII SERIES I - IX’ 2015 (basement)
9 ceiling sculptures, 150 x 70 x 15 cm each

Artist Statement:
"The white-painted bronze-mesh as a material is distinctly reminiscent of translucent canvas and its modelling creates a liveliness and sense of movement that is further enhanced by the use of projected shadow combined with strategic lighting across the undulating relief surface of the sculpture. The white sculptures represent a simple reversal from black - a sculpturally optical and graphic rendition - to white - a sculpturally tactile rendition of surface and form."
  • 01 0 bronzemesh sculpting
    01 0 bronzemesh sculpting
  • 01 a 1 wire mesh at sculptor studio
    01 a 1 wire mesh at sculptor studio
  • 01 a 3 painted mesh suspension test
    01 a 3 painted mesh suspension test
  • 01 b bronzemesh sculpture detail
    01 b bronzemesh sculpture detail
  • 01 c painted bronzemesh artwork in studio
    01 c painted bronzemesh artwork in studio
  • 01 d abstract bronze mesh sculpture studio
    01 d abstract bronze mesh sculpture studio
  • 01 z1 studies for mesh artwork
    01 z1 studies for mesh artwork
  • 01 z2 installation hotel corridor sculptures
    01 z2 installation hotel corridor sculptures
  • 02 ceiling cloudsculpture 3
    02 ceiling cloudsculpture 3
  • 02 ceiling sculpture 4
    02 ceiling sculpture 4
  • 02 ceiling sculpture clouds
    02 ceiling sculpture clouds
  • 02 ceiling sculpture series
    02 ceiling sculpture series
  • 03a CUMULUS sculpture detail
    03a CUMULUS sculpture detail
  • 03aa cloud form artwork
    03aa cloud form artwork
  • 03ab CUMULUS ceiling sculpture
    03ab CUMULUS ceiling sculpture
  • 03b Cloud artwork
    03b Cloud artwork
  • 04a CIRRUSTRATUS by David Begbie
    04a CIRRUSTRATUS by David Begbie
  • 04b cloud scultpure studio
    04b cloud scultpure studio
  • 04c CIRRUSTRATUS sculpture
    04c CIRRUSTRATUS sculpture
  • 04d clouds ceiling sculpture
    04d clouds ceiling sculpture
  • 04e CIRRUS cloud ceiling art
    04e CIRRUS cloud ceiling art
  • 04f cloud artwork CIRRUSTRATUS
    04f cloud artwork CIRRUSTRATUS
  • 05a Ceiling sculpture installation
    05a Ceiling sculpture installation
  • 05ab corridor ceiling sculpture installation
    05ab corridor ceiling sculpture installation
  • 05d hotel sculptures basement
    05d hotel sculptures basement
  • 05e hall ceilingsculpture at basement
    05e hall ceilingsculpture at basement
  • 05f hotel florr ceiling artwork
    05f hotel florr ceiling artwork
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Public examples


St. Mary, Wherwell Chilbolton, UK
Millennium Dome, London
Manangel, Birmingham
Shrine of Walsingham, UK
Wimbledon Centre Court Building, UK
‘Figure & Fountain‘, London

Museums


Natural History Museum, London
Bede’s World Museum, UK
International Slavery Museum, Liverpool
Galleria Nazionali de Arte Moderna, Rome
Museum Beelden an Zee, The Netherlands
Court of Justice, Almelo, The Netherlands
National Gallery Canberra, Australia
Nickel Arts Museum, Calgary, USA

Corporate and Private Acquisition Examples



8 Northumberland, London
British Consulate-General Shanghai
Buddha-Bar
Cannon Gym
Eric and Jean Cass Collection
Coloplast Ltd.
Conning Asset Management, London
Hanover Grange
Heron Corporation
Hyatt Hotel Group
Johnson&Johnson
Jumeirah Hotel Group
Le Royal Meridien
Mews of Mayfair
Radisson Hotel / Edwardian Hotel
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
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My sculptures have no palpable substance or surface. At first glance they appear to be a metallic membrane but when you take a closer look they are not even a skin. They are in fact a delineation of surface and form, modelled and drawn in three-dimensional space.
David Begbie

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