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Installations & Commissions
Laura Thomas
Laura Thomas is creating architectural glass for The Beaney Art Musuem & Library in Caterbury, UK, beginning January 2011. The commission arose from The Beaney 's response to a community consultation in which residents asked that the re-development of the Museum should especially focus on bringing more color and light into the building. Following discussion with the architects, Laura Thomas will design three internal windows to mark the juncture of the old and the new buildings. She will use her characteristic colour and line to create a striking craftwork that marks a real departure from her small-scale fabric embedments. A sense of structure, deriving from her weave practice will be evident, and inspiration will be drawn from The Beaney’s important stained glass collection to create a sensitive permanent work to complement exhibits.
Sue Lawty
Lead Weave (detail) by Sue Lawty. Photo: Jerry Hardman-Jones

Sue Lawty will be part of the Killhope Lead Mining Musuem's efforts to re-invigorate the Museum for the 21st century. The Killhope Lead Mining Museum lies high up in the heart of the North Pennines, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. At its peak, Killhope was amongst the richest lead mines in the whole of England. Its lead stimulated the Industrial Revolution and the factories of Tyneside. The museum offers an outdoor experience, in an evocative post-industrial rural landscape. The whole focus of the Killhope experience is bringing social history to life.

Beginning in the fall of 2010, Sue Lawty will be installing Language of Lead and Letters of Lead, inspired by the lives of Victorian mine workers. Lawty has taken as her starting point the testimonies of men who worked at the site during the 1800s, as described in diaries and letters in the Durham Record Office, which tell of the working conditions that the men endured. Language of Lead and Letters of Lead are artworks made up of words used by these miners when extracting lead from the ground. Language of Lead is a collaborative work with John Coombes. It is an exterior typographic wall-piece, five metres in height, made from lasercut COR-TEN steel. Within the museum, Letters of Lead are five smaller wall-pieces featuring words woven, knotted and beaten in lead wiring.

randy walker

Randy Walker's recent public artwork, Woven Olla, was unveiled in Santa Fe on June 26th. The City of Santa Fe Arts Commission, in collaboration with the Santa Fe Public Library and New Mexico Arts, a division of the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, commissioned Walker in 2008 to create the three-dimensional, suspended steel and fiber artwork to hang under the main exterior entry canopy of the Southside Branch Library. The sculpture references a traditional Pueblo water jar, or olla, and reinterprets it on a scale appropriate to the community and the Library. Woven Olla marks the entry as a gathering place. The piece is an analogy for the Library as a container of knowledge, a resource no less precious than water.

randy walker
Convergence, a temporary art installation by Randy Walker, is currently on display at the Hennepin County Government Center through mid-November. With fiber as his medium, Walker explores wrapped and woven three-dimensional space. His work straddles several boundaries precariously: solidity and transparency; structural stability and collapse; visibility and invisibility. Convergence uses the Government Center’s waterfall area as the framework for generating a conical form with lines of fiber.

Other public installations by Walker include work for The Science Museum of Minnesota, Ridgedale Library and the Brackett Park Rocket. The installation free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the Hennepin County Government Center, 300 S. Sixth St., A Level, Minneapolis. It is also visible on the Government Center’s North Plaza in the waterfall area.
The installation is co-sponsored by the Hennepin County Multicultural Arts Committee and FORECAST Public Artworks.
randy walker


wendy wahl
Wendy Wahl installed branches, an imposing interactive sculpture constructed from discarded and deconstructed Encyclopedia Britannicas inside the Park Avenue Armory in New York for the Sculpture, Objects and Functional Art (SOFA) exposition. From April 15th through the 19th, branches will flank SOFA’s entrance inside the Armory and stand approximately nine-feet high, six-feet deep, and eleven-feet wide. Viewers will be encouraged to move through the sculpture, whose form and materials will serve as a contemporary reflection on the ancient idea of the Tree of Knowledge, “We are thrilled to have Wahl frame this year’s edition of SOFA New York with her provocative work that will doubtlessly energize veterans and newcomers alike,” added Mark Lyman, President, The Art Fair Company and Founder/Director of SOFA.
Wendy Wahl
Aboreal Anatomy: Sculpture by Wendy Wahl at Fuller Museum, photo by Erik Gould


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