White Koan 1971
610 high x 366 cm base diameter.
Painted mild steel, neon tubes, electric motor.
Made in 1971 as part of the Peter Stuyvesant Foundation City Sculpture Project, first sited in Plymouth and then in London at the Hayward Gallery, South Bank Centre.
As the cone revolves, the neon ellipses expand and contract the spaces between them. At night the cone dissolves into the shadows, leaving the neon rings floating in the dark space. Purchased by the University of Warwick, Coventry in 1972, the sculpture is now sited in front of the Art Centre of the University.
White Koan at Warwick. Courtesy of The Mead Gallery, University of Warwick.
Out There: Our Post-War Public Art
3 February – 10 April 2016
East Wing Galleries, East Wing, Somerset House, London
Open daily 10.00 – 18.00 (last admission 17.15)
Late night Thursdays & Fridays until 21.00 (last admission 20.15)
Admission £6.50, concessions £5.00
Historic England’s first major exhibition, telling the story of key public art created between 1945 and 1985, the exhibition will follow the fates and fortunes of site-specific sculptures and reliefs by pioneering artists, focussing on works that will be listed by Historic England.
White Koan, Plymouth, 1972