Superposition: physicists and artists in conversation

A seemingly never ending task....

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It is wonderful to see this image of the blue discs, they are beautiful. So now onto green (not your favourite colour I know!) and then orange, red..... 

I have underestimated the work involved in creating this piece. I knew it would be incredibly labour-intensive, but had not realised that you were working 7 days a week and often from 8 in the morning until 9 at night! What an extraordinary commitment. 

Is this your most labour-instensive work to date? It is interesting to reflect back on your previous projects and think about the ongoing, repetitive tasks involved in their creation. So often - like this work - the tasks relate to crafts traditionally associated with women's work: crochet, knitting, sewing. I am thinking here of 'Entrap/Conceal' (2011) made from intricate crotchet cotton and glass beads or 'Touch (Blanket)' (2010) created from knitted strands of a hypothermia blanket. Perhaps the most significant of these works is 'Rope' - a series of knitted rope begun in 2001 which continues to grow.....

 

Annabel Lucas, Curator

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Bringing it all together

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Really good to see examples of all the materials - what a beautiful palette. So I am assuming that you will pack up all the discs/rods systematically so that each box can be transported and then opened sequentially to install in the well? How long is the installation process likely to take?

You met the engineering company last week - how did that go? Can you explain a bit more about how the metal frame supporting the discs will be designed and fitted?

Annabel Lucas, Curator

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A spectrum of colour

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You have certainly got your work cut out Lyndall! Are you inviting anyone else to help create the discs or do you want to do all the work yourself?

Now that you have started the clear discs, I am sure you have a plan for tackling the other coloured discs - remind me of these colours, the pattern they will create and your rationale for selecting this 'palette' of beads and diamantes? A few weeks ago I remember you showing us samples of the colours you planned to use - there was a fresh sky blue, emerald green and a beautify, rich ruby red....

Are there any photographs to show the spectrum?

Annabel Lucas, Curator

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Work in progress...

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Hello Lyndall - really good to speak to you yesterday and have an update on how the 'making' is going. Great that you have already made 20 of the discs with the concentric circle pattern and that you can now start making multiples of them.... So how many multiples will there be? Remind me how many discs are needed in total to create the whole installation? I think you said each disc takes 3-4hours to create ...so working out the maths how many hours work is that going to be!?

Annabel Lucas, Curator

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A subterranean venue is found

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We are delighted to share that Lyndall's finished artwork will be presented underground in the two Ice Wells beneath the London Canal Museum.

These extraordinary spaces measure about 10 metres each in diameter and were built around 1860 to store ice imported from Norway. They can only be accessed via ladders and wearing hardhats.

Lyndall plans to fill one of the wells with a large suspended installation ....we are looking forward to seeing how it develops.

Annabel Lucas, Curator

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