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