Keeping Sculpture Light
Public art does not have to be a heavy, extraneous imposition on the environment. It can be light, allowing the sky to come through. And it can be relevant to the community it is placed within. Many of the public art projects below have incorporated consultation and workshops, making the final sculpture seem appropriate and aiding its adoption by local people. Read more about this approach to public art here.
Keeping Sculpture Light
ASPIRE – Thames Reach
A sculpture commission for the new Employment Academy developed by the London homelessness charity. The artwork was developed with clients of Thames Reach who were involved in all of the sculptural processes. Made of forged steel and cast iron, it stands 22 ft. high and weighs over 7 tons. Read more about ASPIRE here.
As Far as the Eye Can See
A collaborative project, in which over 150 children’s drawings were combined to create a panoramic sculpture. The artwork is placed at the edge of a school playground, overlooking the view the drawings were based on. Laser cut from 6mm stainless steel, and it is 6 metres long and stands 2.5 metres high. Funded by the Arts Council of England.
together with a flowing wave form a border around a traffic island. In order to enclose the space and allow landscaping, these artworks were an innovative alternative to fencing the area in. They are created in 8mm steel, hot zinc dipped and silver leaf finished.
A gate for a school incorporating artwork by the children. A complete redesign of the entire school grounds led by the artist. Read more about this project here.
Artwork created as part of the upgrade of living areas on a housing estate. Designs developed in workshops with residents which were then cut in stainless steel and placed into new balustrades. Vitreous enamel photographs show the history of the area.
A sculpture arch at the entrance to the train station in south London. The design was selected by public vote and is based on the view from the platform. A rolled stainless steel drawing is held by two steel trees, and ringed by LED neon. It stands 4.5 metres high and 4 metres wide.
Created for St. Christophers Hospice, this relief sculpture is a memorial to loved ones. The tree was present without leaves, and each leaf represents a donation in memory of someone. The tree has raised over a quarter of a million pounds for the hospice.
Read more about the Tribute Tree here.
An interactive project using fixed bicycles which children can use to generate energy to run a school radio station. Incorporating artwork by the children, the project is an outdoor classroom.
Working with formerly homeless clients of Thames Reach to create an award winning film, a book, and a sculpture installation. Read about Home Truths here.
Lily Lane School, Manchester (ongoing)
Klein is involved in completely redesigning the outside space of the school, including new entrances, perimeter artwork, gates and a new tree house based on a model competition. Drawings by the children are incorporating in all the new artworks. Read more about this project here.
Angel of Poetry
created for the Biblioteca Classense in Ravenna, Italy. The text is from Dante’s Divine Comedy. Dante’s tomb stands 50 metres from the site, and an exhibition was held to coincide with the installation of the sculpture, with all of Klein’s artworks inspired by the poet.
As part of the regeneration of a park, this sculpture was commissioned to highlight the new green space and provide an identity and focus. Created from rolled and laser cut stainless steel, it stands 6 metres high.
Residents donated photographs of the area which became vitreous enamel wall panels. Personal mementos of local people were embedded in resin blocks and built into a ‘Memory Wall’.