Edge-Lit Plexiglas, scaffold boards, aluminium fixings
6.9m (L) x 2.7m (W) x 0.25m (H)
Commissioned by Sculpture in the City.
Opening the Air is a three-dimensional drawing made up of a geometric field of fluorescent Plexiglas discs or ‘coins’. The coins bear intricate etchings derived from plans of early eighteenth-century glasshouse design and are planted on a low workaday table made of scaffold boards. As the City-scape becomes ever more glassy, Opening the Air reflects upon the original glasshouses whose currency was green growth. Activated by light and the sun’s passage, the work changes in appearance throughout the day.
Engineered and fabricated by Ben Godber.
(Image credit: Images 1, 2 and 3 Nick Turpin)