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Cave: Ivan and Heather Morison

A new public artwork for Milton Keynes

26.11. – 26.11.2011
Photo: Will Cousins

Photo: Will Cousins

Photo: Will Cousins

Photo: Will Cousins

Image courtesy the artist

Image courtesy the artist

Image courtesy the artist

Image courtesy the artist


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Photo: Will Cousins
Photo: Will Cousins
Image courtesy the artist
Image courtesy the artist

Photo: Will Cousins

Cave: Ivan and Heather Morison

A new public artwork for Milton Keynes

 

Cave is a major new commission by internationally acclaimed artists Heather and Ivan Morison, whose rich collaborative practice engages with their surroundings, often investigating the psychology of place and the tensions between modern and rural life. Cast onsite from black-pigmented concrete, Cave is made up of three large slabs, which appear to have fallen together to form a rudimentary shelter. The concrete surface of the structure bears the marks of the burnt timber shuttering used to form it.  Inside Cave, an iron stool cast from timber sits beside a blackened circular depression in the concrete, and firewood is left stacked in the back corner. The secluded spot offers expansive views of the surrounding Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire countryside. 

 

Cave continues a recent body of work in which the artists have built shelters and escape vehicles as a means of physical or psychological transportation.  For example,  Black Pig Lodge, 2011, (shown this summer outside London’s Southbank Centre) a chamber made of polished coal sourced from a working mine in the Neath Valley, and Mr Clevver, 2010-11, a travelling puppet theatre which journeyed through Tasmania.

 

Taking inspiration from sources as wide-ranging as J.G. Ballard’s fictional tales about life in an urban landscape, and a natural cave formed of leaning rocks in their arboretum in Wales – the artists have created a space which encourages the visitor to reflect on existence at the edge of a city, which they describe as  ‘A broken remnant, a glimpse of the future, a place to escape to, a place from which there is no escape’.

 

Cave is a permanent commission, and open to visitors to Campbell Park all year.

 

Cave Project Supporters

The project is generously supported by Andrew Howard and Partners, Bardon Concrete, Trendrevel Services Ltd., Camfaud Concrete Pumps Ltd., Hargreaves Foundry Ltd., David Lock Associates and Keens Shay Keens MK.

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