Batchelor, David
In September 2006, as part of the Christmas Lights commission, and while the Royal Festival Hall was undergoing major restoration, David Batchelor was asked to propose works for the areas around the Festival Hall. Working with the building site that the restoration had created, Batchelor "selected a number of objects – two concrete mixers, a wheelie bin, two steel barrels and a number of old pallets ... Each object was modified to house different forms of coloured light and then put back on site among the other machinery, materials and debris. As a result a number of objects that we might normally overlook, in a place that we might also usually overlook, became vibrant, glowing, colourful and highly visible, at least for a short while."
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  • Material description: plastic bottles, low energy electric lights, festoon cable
  • Credit line: © David Batchelor. All Rights Reserved, DACS/Artimage 2022. Gift of the artist and Hayward Gallery. Commissioned by the Hayward Gallery as the inaugural Christmas Lights project, 2006
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  • Medium: Installation
  • Accession number: ACC22/2006



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