New artwork for Dulwich Park – Hepworth’s legacy

Southwark Council has finally announced the successful artist in its competition for a new work for Dulwich Park, to replace the stolen Hepworth bronze Two Forms (Divided Circle).

The chosen work is Three Perpetual Chords by Conrad Shawcross, comprising three iron sculptures which the artist describes as “visual descriptions of musical chords”, reflecting the mathematical patterns in music   The illustration shown is a computer-generated image of one of the three pieces, which ascend in complexity.  The likely timetable should see the work installed in late summer 2014.

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The Contemporary Art Society managed the commissioning process, guiding the steering group both in long- and shortlisting of artists and in the consultation process.  Over four hundred local people gave their views both online and at a public display in the Francis Peek Centre over two weekends in September.  In the end the steering group (see picture) reached a consensus that the Shawcross work best fulfilled the commissioning principles.

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Shawcross commented: “Roughly human height, the sculptures will be sequenced, leading visitors through an unexpected series of encounters in the park.  The sculptural sequence I have proposed will provide a new route of navigation through what is already a beautiful park, providing opportunities for play, reflection and leisure.”

Councillor Barrie Hargrove, who led the steering group, said: “We have been in a very fortunate position to be able to work with four incredibly talented artists and we would like to thank them and the local community for taking part in this process.”

Conrad Shawcross has achieved international recognition for his work – most recently, he won acclaim for his 2013 Timepiece exhibition at the Roundhouse, London. His work was also displayed at this year’s 55th Venice Biennale.