Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Commission by Yorkshire Sculpture Park - Art without Walls
40 years ago a breezy hillside in West Yorkshire became Britain’s first dedicated sculpture park. The labour of love of one art school teacher, Peter Murray, the park is now home to works by talents such as Anthony Gormley Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth. Midway between Wakefield, Huddersfield and Barnsley, Britain’s first and finest sculpture park has become one of the most influential artistic ventures in the U.K.
Invited to the artist residence Gatehouse during early autumn. I spent a few weeks at the park focusing on the the more iconic works keeping in mind the concept of 'Art without Walls'. The shifting conditions on the park meant each day gave a new story to the static sculpture.
YSP has staged big shows by Moore and Hepworth, but its focus has always been on the present, not the past. Newer names like Richard Long and Andy Goldsworthy have exhibited alongside historic figures like Joan Miro and Max Ernst. YSP has never had the money to buy artworks, but a lot of artists have given sculptures, or left them here as long term loans.
The list of artists who’ve shown here reads like a Who’s Who of modern sculpture – not just British greats like Anthony Caro, Elisabeth Frink and Eduardo Paolozzi, but international stars as well, from Eduardo Chillida to Ai Weiwei.
Commission for Volkswagen Golf for Deutsch LA - You Can't Fake Fast
Working with some very extremely talented people from LA. Erwin Federizo, Will Taylor, Cara Nieto, Swen Carlin and Anastasia Arten. We found ourselves on what must have been the noisiest street corner in Downtown LA, surround by hustle and bustle to eventually find some stillness in the darkening LA twilight.
Commissioned portrait of Artist Marc Quinn
In a recent interview with The Telegraph Marc Quinn stated his position on success - “but it’s difficult to work when you haven’t got any money to buy materials… Looking back I’m amazed I didn’t say f--- this, and get a proper job, but I’m single-minded, and that’s one of the things you need to succeed; to just get on with it.” Easily the most notorious of all the Young British Artists, Marc Quinn is famous for his investigations of the human form and psyche, as well as the use of unconventional materials.
I met Marc at his Clerkenwell studio at around 10am to make a portrait for a charity project. It was supposed to 15 minutes....but we ended up having much more conversation and photography than 15 minutes allows, so we stayed on and made this, and leaving just before lunch.
Commission for Volkswagen Passat for DDB
During production, I became fascinated by the Sydney Harbour. Amongst the biological systems in and around the waters edge. The harbour is also used as a unit of volume in Australia for water. One Sydney Harbour, also called a Sydharb (or sydarb), is the amount of water in Sydney Harbour: approximately 562 gigalitres (562,000,000 cubic metres, or 0.562 of a cubic kilometre); or in terms of the more unusual measures above, about 357 Melbourne Cricket Grounds, or 238,000 Olympic Swimming pools. With a volume measure approximately 4 orders of magnitude greater than a Sydharb, the volume of the Grand Canyon may be used to visualize even larger things, like the magma chamber underneath Yellowstone and other things. According to the National Park Service, the volume of the Grand Canyon is 4.17 trillion cubic metres which is 4,170 km3.
We enjoyed several days of scouting for beaches, pools and even found a grass lawn tennis court in Woolloomooloo before getting down to business with crew and cameras.
We worked with ECD Dylan Harrison, creative director Steve Wakelam, art director Adam Ledbury, copywriter Karen Ferry, planning director Nick Andrews, managing partner Nicole Taylor, senior business manager Dave Murphy, digital producer Ellie Campbell, art buyer Bryson Holt all at DDB working with Volkswagen general manager: marketing Jutta Friese and marketing manager Davina Hobbs.
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