Spoof sculpture trail in West Yorkshire proves a hit
Leaflet promoting imaginary 'Colne Valley Sculpture Trail' showcases abandoned bath in field and collapsed wall
Sunday 28 July 2013
Could some badly-drawn graffiti on a rusty sign, an abandoned bathtub filled with dirt and a wall fragment really be part of a conceptual sculpture trail in the Colne Valley?
The leaflet features "artworks" including Impermanent Border by Angela Paradina (a badly constructed wooden fence), which claims she has "simultaneously subverted its implied permanence by its ramshackle and temporary appearance".
Bjorn Starstrup's Longitudinal Torsion with Radials (metal gate, barbed wire, stinging nettles) says his "exuberant and playful constructions take a straightforward object- in this case, 'a gate' - and warp and embellish it until it no longer fulfils its original function (i.e. 'a barrier which opens and closes'). In this process they are imbued with a simple fluidity which was innate, yet not expressed, in the original form.
"Here, the twists in the main section juxtapose the concepts of flow and rigidity, but the work also carries associations of pain, emphasised by the carefully tangled barbed wire and nettles."
Other works of note include Daniel Billing's Wash Behind The Ears (the aforementioned bathtub filled with dirt to the less artistically minded) and Karen Braithwaite's Untitled (Wall/Fall/Wall #12), a crumbling drystone wall where the central section has been demolished "with some violence".
"The resulting piece suggests a sense of bereavement, the turf above almost seeming to weep," adds the leaflet.
Even the most rigorous artistic theorist might suspect that this is a wind-up by now, and sadly they would be correct. But although the artists' names and titles may be fictitious, there's nothing to stop the "works" on the trail being taken as art, the leaflet's anonymous author suggested to the BBC:
"All of it is interesting to look at. Perhaps it could be called accidental art."
He or she added: "My favourite thing I came across was somebody's blog, which, as far as I can tell, showed that they had walked the trail believing the 'sculptures' to be genuine works of art.
"My advice to people is if they want to do the walk, do it asap because the 'sculptures' could disappear at any time.
"My dream would be to have a preservation order put on the lot of them."
- 1 Home Office says Nigerian asylum-seeker can’t be a lesbian as she’s got children
- 2 What happens to your body when you give up sugar?
- 3 Drugs Live cannabis trial: Hash is less harmful than any other drug, expert claims
- 4 Turkish Airlines flight TK 726 crash-lands on Nepal runway amid dense fog
- 5 Apple and Google users being spied on for a decade because of 'Freak' security flaw
Durham Free School: 'Creationism taught at' free school facing closure
Nearly 100,000 of Britain's poorest children go hungry after parents' benefits are cut
Ukip would cut billions from Scottish budget to fund English tax cuts
End of the licence fee: BBC to back radical overhaul of how it is funded
Ukraine crisis: Top Chinese diplomat backs Putin and says West should 'abandon zero-sum mentality'
Boris Nemtsov shot dead: Outspoken Putin critic who had expressed fears for his life is killed near the Kremlin
£25000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This firm are focussed on assis...
£7 per hour: Recruitment Genius: A vacancy has arisen for a General Processor ...
£18000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A great opportunity has arisen ...
£14000 - £16000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Full time and Part time positio...