Dome Watch: Wanted: homes for millennial sculptures

Louise Jury Arts
Sunday 23 October 2011 05:48

TWO OF the high-profile sculptures still under construction for the Millennium Dome have already found a home for the year 2001.

Bill Culbert's "Skyline", made up of four 30-metre-long, blue lines, and Rose Finn-Kelcey's "It Pays to Pray", a chocolate machine which displays a selection of prayers on its LED screen, will go to the Goodwood Sculpture Park, Sussex, which paid for their creation.

But the final destinations of works by other artists, including the Turner Prize winners Tony Cragg and Anish Kapoor, are still under discussion.

The New Millennium Experience Company (NMEC) is in talks with museums and galleries to try to ensure the millennial works remain on public view after the end of 2000.

The NMEC hopes that "Quantum Cloud", a giant work by Antony Gormley currently under construction outside the Dome, will be able to stay on the bank of the Thames. The 29-metre-high "cloud" of 3,500 steel tubes embodies a "radical vision of the human being as a zone of light and energy". A human form within the cloud will be fleetingly visible from some angles, but not others. But that leaves four works to be housed in 2001: "Parabolic Waters", by Anish Kapoor; "Friday/Saturday" by Tacita Dean; "Life Time" by Tony Cragg and "Slice of Reality" by Richard Wilson.

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