Nunhead

2004
Hiorns, Roger
Roger Hiorns is perhaps best known for his sculptures made by dipping various objects into copper sulphate to encrust their surfaces with glittering blue barnacles. In 'Nunhead', a pair of BMW engines has been transformed using this process to create a sculpture of jewel-like beauty. According to the artist, 'Nunhead' represents the 'crystallisation and transformation of an abstract idea of power; the title references the quiet streets around a South-East London cemetery where youths gather to show off their cars.'
  • Artwork Details: 170 x 141.5 x 122cm
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  • Material description: engines, steel, aluminium, plastics, rubber, copper sulphate
  • Credit line: © the artist
  • Theme: Undefined
  • Medium: Sculpture
  • Accession number: ACC3/2005

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