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Wall carpet made of semi-transparent Buddha figures. The image shows a detail and shadows

‘TRANSCEND’ 2012

‘TRANSCEND’ 2012
Buddha-Bar, Knightsbridge, London, UK

TRANSCEND’ 2012
Wall piece of 207 half-transparent brass buddha sculptures
Dimension 365 cm x 250 cm
Buddha-Bar, Knightsbridge, London, fabulously conceived by architects Tibbats and Abel.

There is a limited edition of the single Buddha sculpture ELEMENT available to purchase ae as a collector's item.


TRANSCEND’ is a magnificent wall curtain comprised of 207 half-transparent brass Buddha elements in tune with the theme of brass fittings, trimmings and finishing detail that is a theme throughout at the Buddha-Bar. The lighting is designed to create an abstract multi-layered shadow effect. David Begbie’s ‘TRANSCEND’ is designed to be hypnotic, repetitive and obsessive, a quality currently to be experienced in contemporary chill-out music and club music in general.

Artist Statement
An intriguing harmony of naked skin and drape with a special emphasis on the transcendental nature of the Buddha: a powerful dynamic fusion of the sculpture and its shadow projected onto and into the frosted screen behind the artwork.
The projected shadow emerges through the glass screen. The composition created is encapsulated as a separate artwork in itself and is the first experience of the sculpture as you enter the Buddha-Bar.
The lighting is designed to create an abstract multi-layered shadow image and to be hypnotic, repetitive and obsessive – a quality currently to be experienced in contemporary chill-out music and club music worldwide.

  • Buddha wall carpet by david begbie
    Buddha wall carpet by david begbie
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    buddha bar london brass buddha wall
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    buddha brass artwork detail shadow projections
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    buddha brass sculpture panels detail shot
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    buddha brass wallcarpet buddhabar london
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    buddha sculpture wall artwork detail
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    buddha wall artwork buddhabar
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A few ‘Begbie’ owners you might know
Giorgio Armani
Michael Barrymore
Eric Clapton
Jeremy Clarkson (Top Gear / BBC)
Harvey Goldsmith (promoter)
George Leventis
Emily Maitlis (BBC News Night)
Debbie Moore (Pineapple Dance studios)
Vidal Sassoon (Haircare Ltd.)
Martina Navratilova
Nick Rhodes (Duran Duran)
Sir Clive Sinclair (C5 car)
Frankie Vaughan (late)

Public examples
St. Mary, Wherwell Chilbolton
Millennium Dome, London
Manangel, Birmingham
The Jam House, Edinburgh
Shrine of Walsingham, Norfolk
Wimbledon Centre Court Building
‘Figure & Fountain‘ Southwark, London

Corporate and Private Acquisition Examples
8 Northumberland, London
British Consulate-General Shanghai
British Embassy Khartoum, Sudan
Buddha-Bar London
Cannons City Gym
Christian Dior, Paris
Eric and Jean Cass Collection
Coloplast Ltd., London
Conning Asset Management, London
Christian Dior Couture, Paris
Hanover Grange Jamaica
Heron Corporation
Hyatt Hotel Group
Johnson & Johnson
Jumeirah Hotel Group
Le Royal Meridien Hotel Group
Mein Schiff Cruise Lines
Mews of Mayfair, London
Radisson Edwardian Hotel Group
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
SAS Radisson Hotel Group

Museums
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
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 instead a delineation of surface and form, modelled and drawn in three-dimensional space.
David Begbie