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Very large sculpture composition for ALTC Wimbledon: 4 tennis players in wiremesh

‘GRANDSLAM’ 2008

‘GRANDSLAM’ 2008
AELTC Wimbledon
The All England Lawn Tennis And Croquet Club
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Tennis Sculpture in Wiremesh ‘GRANDSLAM‘ 2008
4 Tennis Players in Wiremesh
Steel-mesh, height 700 cm, suspended
Permanent installation as a centrepiece of the Centre Court building, Wimbledon
Commissioned for the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club to fill the atrium void at the centre court stairwell.

Composed of wire mesh, the effect of light and shadow creates a sense of theatre and drama within the space. A variety of spotlights, controlled by an automatic control system, rhythmically fade in and out to render a sense of movement that evokes the play of tennis. Shadows appear and recede as the lights fade on and off, further heightening the performance. In the evening the stairwell is bathed in blue light, providing further contrast as the lighting plays with the sculptural form and gives the black wire mesh a translucent ghost-like quality.

Artist Statement
“These timeless and seemingly weightless transparent forms counterpoised to create a single composition are somehow complete in their mutual anonymity. In equal balance of masculine and feminine, fantastic in detail yet abstract in presence within the atrium space, this installation resonates with the soul of The Championships past, present and future.”
  • David Begbie Working in mesh GRANDSLAM Wimbledon
    David Begbie Working in mesh GRANDSLAM Wimbledon
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    David Begbie Working on sculpture GRANDSLAM Wimbledon
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    David Begbie Working sculpture GRANDSLAM Wimbledon
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    David Begbie mesh art tennis Wimbledon
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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

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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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