Bird Box

cast bronze

27 x 17 x 8 cm

This work was made for the show ‘At the violet hour’ which commemorated the T.S. Elliot poem ‘The waste land’. It was part of a satellite show of the Turner Contemporaries exhibition, which saw 18 artists take over a semi derelict hotel in Margate, opposite where the poem was written.

I found a burger box on the beach by the hotel which had been heavily pecked (or sculpted) by seagulls. I felt this object had a suitably ‘Waste land’ feel about it, in keeping with the title of the poem. 

The box was cast in bronze. I like using unorthodox materials or ways of working to create bronze sculptures. There is an interesting and humorous dialogue created when casting the mundane in such a expensive luxury material.