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Large floating sculpture of a female figure for The Lowry Hotel


Female floating figure, dimensions 211 x 83 x 40 cm
The Lowry Hotel, Manchester, UK
Photo Inset / Photograph copyright: Annie Lennox, 2012

The Lowry Hotel, Manchester, UK
Chapel Street, Salford, Manchester

Olga Polizzi (Rocco Forte Hotels UK) commission for a spectacular art wall which spans the first two floors of the Lowry Hotel supplied through “Art International, London”. The 2 metres long floating sculpture is modest in size in relation to the wall but exemplifies the inherent potential of the medium to project shadows as an intrinsic facet occupying a larger space by creating an enlarged composition with strategic lighting.

Photo inset: Annie Lennox exhibited her photography collages including an image taken of David Begbie’s sculpture in the Lowry Hotel.

Artist's statement
SUSPENSE‘ is an extraordinary combination of anxiety and serenity. Ostensibly it is a floating image of a reclining female nude, a timeless contemporary figure fragment sculpted in black steelmesh - “suspended animation” in sculptural terms. Frozen in time and space and further animated by the interplay of shadows created from the work itself, images are projected onto the lobby wall. Evocative of the subconscious or as in a dream, it is a “precarious vision”. A vital tension is created by the ambiguity surrounding the positioning of the sculpture: Seen as a reclining nude, sleeping or floating, the work is seductive and serene. Seen as a falling figure the work is quietly violent.
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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


Natural History Museum, London
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
Cannon Gym
Eric and Jean Cass Collection
Coloplast Ltd.
Conning Asset Management, London
Hanover Grange
Heron Corporation
Hyatt Hotel Group
Jumeirah Hotel Group
Le Royal Meridien
Mews of Mayfair
Radisson Hotel / Edwardian Hotel
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
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