On February 25th, the Francis Crick Institute unveiled Paradigm by Conrad Shawcross; a major new public artwork for London situated outside its newly built biomedical research centre in the heart of King’s Cross.
The commission is the result of a long and carefully considered submission process by the Crick working with Artwise Curators, for a sculpture that would reflect the ambitions of this new scientific institute in the centre of London.
Paradigm is one of the tallest public sculptures in central London at an imposing 14 metres high, comprised of a twisting stack of 17 tetrahedral blocks made of weathering steel. The work is a considerable feat of engineering and continues the artist’s long standing collaboration with structural engineering practice Structure Workshop. Starting from a base of less than one metre wide, each subsequent tetrahedral form grows steadily in volume until the ultimate tetroid is a monumental five metres in width.
Angular, daring and colossal, this newly commissioned work of public art is a welcome culmination of art, science and engineering standing before a building that will pioneer new frontiers of biomedical research.
Labelled by Ben Luke as Shawcross’ “most important work to date”, Paradigm was the focus of a lead feature in last week’s London Evening Standard:
Ahead of the unveiling, Shawcross also spoke to the FT Weekend Magazine:
The BBC paid a visit to the foundry to interview Shawcross whilst Paradigm was still being assembled, and reported live from the Francis Crick Institute on the day the sculpture was installed:
Shawcross was also interviewed by Studio International in his studio and at the foundry before the installation:
Florence Waters described Paradigm as “a confident and beautiful piece, at once a triumph of engineering and a totem to the limits of knowledge” in Wallpaper*, and Javier Pes praised Shawcross’ work as an “impressive addition to London’s streetscape” in The Art Newspaper online.
Conrad Shawcross' public sculpture Paradigm is at The Francis Crick Institute, London; The Optic Cloak will be completed in Summer 2016 as part of Knight Dragon's Greenwich Peninsula Energy Centre. The ADA Project is co-presented by the Royal Academy of Arts and The Peninsula Hong Kong from 22 March - 5 April. Paradigm Studies will be on view at Victoria Miro, Art Basel Hong Kong, from 24 - 26 March.
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