Superposition: physicists and artists in conversation

Clear discs underway!

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Yes, it's a relief to have the first 20 clear ones done. I'm hoping to complete the multiples of these by the end of the week - fingers crossed! The discs with clear beads and diamantes will form the outer section of the work; there are 80 in total, 4 each of the 20 different designs. The total number of discs in the installation is 385. The first one I made, which was all glass beads, took an afternoon, but I'm getting quicker! It's hard to say exactly how long per disc, as the complexity of each varies, but I'm pretty sure I'll need every hour I can get between now and the beginning of August to finish them!  

 

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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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ACE news

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We’ve had some very welcome news - Superposition has been awarded Arts Council England funding. Not only will this research and development grant strengthen the current project, but it will also enable us to explore future possibilities of how we can work with artists to engage new audiences with contemporary physics.


Superposition continues to gather momentum and we’ve been busy behind the scenes sorting out issues such as how to get the artwork into the venue, and do we have enough hard hats….. we’re going subterranean!


Liz (Project Manager, Superposition)

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Ideas become reality

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I met Ben last Saturday to talk through my thinking for the artwork. I was excited to share my ideas but also a little nervous in case they didn’t reflect fully the physics covered in our previous meetings. I shouldn’t have worried; Ben’s wow expression when I revealed the model reassured me. Not only did it mirror the visual aesthetic of the particle detectors and the graphic representation of particle detection, the way in which the work would be fabricated and installed also paralleled the complexities of constructing and siting detectors.

So it’s now time to move full-steam ahead with meeting various fabricators and ordering materials – so far there’s 1.3 kilometres of brass rods and over 60,000 beads and diamantes! It’s going to be another of my hugely labour intensive works – exhausting and oddly rewarding all at the same time!

We’ll be announcing the venue soon – it’s amazing, perfect for the work and will create a unique art experience.

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