Inspired by the life of the Victorian mathematician, Ada Lovelace, Conrad Shawcross has transformed an industrial robot into a choreographic light sculpture that with its abstract and moving forms embodies both the scientific ideas that Lovelace pioneered and the extraordinary times she inhabited.
This major commission uses the unique architecture of the Roundhouse, London as its source of inspiration, and continues Shawcross’ long- term investigation into the perception and measurement of time. The installation seeks to turn the ubiquitous familiar clock back into the primeval celestial experience it once was.
This work continues the artist’s ongoing series that investigates the radiant geometry of the five Platonic solids. Conceptually driven, these works refer to notions of the Big Bang and the way we envision such phenomena. Another way of seeing them are as diagrams of expansion or recession, explosion or implosion.
Canopy study 1 (rule of 3 and 2) installation at Victoria Street and Canopy study 2 (rule of 3 and 2, tapered) installation at Cathedral Plaza Entrance, London.
Installation in the public atrium at 590 Madison Avenue, New York. An elaborate, hand-wrought rope machine in wood, steel and cord, The Nervous System (Inverted) hangs 50 feet above the ground, the intricate structure of axles, gears, and drive shafts spanning 25 feet in diameter.
This complex, spiralling wooden structure, built for the atrium at the Ministry of Justice in London, rises up from the basement of the building to tower over all surrounding levels and structures. Emanating majesty and banality in equal measure, Shawcross’s tower is a monument to uncertainty and infinite possibility.
Blending ideas from quantum mechanics and linguistics, Palindrome is a symmetrical machine that plays on the two viewing points of this corner window. The shape extruded by the four moving points of light forms a double ended horn that the artist regards as the perfect diagram of a hole.
Drawings made by a machine based on the Victorian ‘Harmonograph’, which involves two pendulums of variable length, one holding a pen, one holding a piece a paper.
Slow arc inside a cube is inspired by a description by the scientist Dorothy Hodgkin, responsible for working out the structure of pig insulin, a complex protein chain.