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Large steel sculptures by artist David Begbie at a tube station in London

PLATFORM FOR ART 2002

Exhibition "ONLINE" features powerful sculptures of the human form designed to integrate into the architecture of the Victorian station. The way in which the translucent characters and their projected shadows interact is a dynamic optical analogy of human intercourse.
In the context of Gloucester Road this exhibition is about signs, signals and human interaction. The character is deliberately ambiguous so as to "strike chords" of feelings and impressions in the viewer's mind.

"TUNNELVISION" is one of the large artworks first exhibited at the inaugural exhibition by "Platform for Art" at Gloucester Road Tube Station.
This stainless steel-mesh sculpture is an unusual artwork: The spreadeagled figure with arms and legs apart is surrounded by a modelled brickwork hemisphere. The brick pattern echoes the brickwork arches of underground stations, the small figure assumes a dominance completely out of proportion to his size, imposing a very strong presence due to strong shadow projections.
The human figure is reminiscent of the "Vitruvian Man", the famous drawing by #Leonardo da Vinci. This pen and ink study explores the ideal human proportions, which were described by ancient Roman architect Vitruvius as the principal source of proportion among the Classical orders of architecture.

Similarly David Begbie created over time a series of idealised proportions as contemporary archetypes for both male and female and which predominate throughout his figurative sculpture.
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    Press set Gloucester Road
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    david begbie Tunnelvision
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    davidbegbie and sculpture tunnelvision
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    davidbegbie sculpture Tunnelvision london
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    davidbegbie sculpture tunnel vision
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    davidbegbie tunnel vision detail
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    davidbegbie tunnelvision sculpture side
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    gloucesterroad sculpture show 1
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    gloucesterroad sculpture show 3
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    gloucesterroad sculpture show 4
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    gloucesterroad sculpture show 5
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    gloucesterroad sculpture show 6
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    gloucesterroad sculpture show 7
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    press artists on the Underground gloucesterroad
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    press flyer david begbie
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    sculpture AHEAD 2002
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    sculpture online
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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