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Circular abstract sculpture on ceiling as part of a sculpture series, London

‘CIRROSTRATUS’ 2015

CIRROSTRATUS’ 2014
Ceiling rose, 160 x 140 x 24 cm
White finished bronze-mesh, suspended

This sculpture is part of the ‘CIRRII SERIES’.
The ‘CIRRII SERIES’ 2014 / 2015
17 sculptures commissioned for interior spaces of at 8 Northumberland Avenue, London / Trafalgar Square

Ostensibly these are sculptural representations of water vapour or clouds. Cloud forms can look solid to us when we see them from below or above. Artists have sought to capture their fascinating transient beauty in painting and photography but is rare to find as a subject for sculpture. British artist Antony Gormley first tried it out with his steel construction ‘The Quantum Cloud‘, a 3D steel messy-like construction at London’s Millennium Dome (O2 Arena) in 1999 and then later again in 2007 with ‘Cloud Chamber‘ at the Haywood Gallery, London where he created ‘a real cloud‘ in a glass box which people were able to walk through. Spanish artist Jaume Plensa’s ‘Nuage Series‘ 2012 of floating cloud form and figure are another example and of course so are Andy Warhol’s ‘Silver Clouds‘ 1966.

The series of 17 sculptures in white finished bronzemesh comprises
CIRRUS LARGE SERIES I - III’ 2014
3 ceiling sculptures, 500 x 70 x 15 cm each
CIRROSTRATUS LARGE’ 2014
Ceiling rose, 160 x 140 x 24 cm
CUMULUS’ 2014
Stairwell sculpture, 370 x 170 x 120 cm
CIRRII SERIES I - IX’ 2015 (basement)
9 ceiling sculptures, 150 x 70 x 15 cm each

Visit the 8 Northumberland virtual tour:

The Stairway sculpture is located here

The Ceiling sculptures are located here

The Ceiling rondel is located here

The basement is located here


Artist Statement:
"The white-painted bronze-mesh as a material is distinctly reminiscent of translucent canvas and its modelling creates a liveliness and sense of movement that is further enhanced by the use of projected shadow combined with strategic lighting across the undulating relief surface of the sculpture. The white sculptures represent a simple reversal from black - a sculpturally optical and graphic rendition - to white - a sculpturally tactile rendition of surface and form."

  • 01 a 1 wire mesh at sculptor studio
    01 a 1 wire mesh at sculptor studio
  • 01 a 3 painted mesh suspension test
    01 a 3 painted mesh suspension test
  • 01 b bronzemesh sculpture detail
    01 b bronzemesh sculpture detail
  • 01 c painted bronzemesh artwork in studio
    01 c painted bronzemesh artwork in studio
  • 01 d abstract bronze mesh sculpture studio
    01 d abstract bronze mesh sculpture studio
  • 01 z2 installation hotel corridor sculptures
    01 z2 installation hotel corridor sculptures
  • 02 a ceiling sculpture cirrii shadow
    02 a ceiling sculpture cirrii shadow
  • 02 ceiling cloudsculpture 3
    02 ceiling cloudsculpture 3
  • 02 ceiling sculpture 4
    02 ceiling sculpture 4
  • 02 ceiling sculpture series
    02 ceiling sculpture series
  • 03a CUMULUS sculpture detail
    03a CUMULUS sculpture detail
  • 03aa cloud form artwork
    03aa cloud form artwork
  • 03ab cloud form artwork
    03ab cloud form artwork
  • 03b Cloud artwork
    03b Cloud artwork
  • 04a CIRRUSTRATUS by David Begbie
    04a CIRRUSTRATUS by David Begbie
  • 04c CIRRUSTRATUS sculpture
    04c CIRRUSTRATUS sculpture
  • 04d clouds ceiling sculpture
    04d clouds ceiling sculpture
  • 04e CIRRUS cloud ceiling art
    04e CIRRUS cloud ceiling art
  • 04f cloud artwork CIRRUSTRATUS
    04f cloud artwork CIRRUSTRATUS
  • 05a Ceiling sculpture installation
    05a Ceiling sculpture installation
  • 05ab corridor ceiling sculpture installation
    05ab corridor ceiling sculpture installation
  • 05d hotel sculptures basement
    05d hotel sculptures basement
  • 05e hall ceilingsculpture at basement
    05e hall ceilingsculpture at basement
  • 05f hotel floor ceiling artwork
    05f hotel floor ceiling artwork
  • David Begbie 8 Northumberland stairway sculpture wiremesh 5739
    David Begbie 8 Northumberland stairway sculpture wiremesh 5739
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Frankie Vaughan (late)

Public examples
St. Mary, Wherwell Chilbolton
Millennium Dome, London
Manangel, Birmingham
The Jam House, Edinburgh
Shrine of Walsingham, Norfolk
Wimbledon Centre Court Building
‘Figure & Fountain‘ Southwark, London

Corporate and Private Acquisition Examples
8 Northumberland, London
British Consulate-General Shanghai
British Embassy Khartoum, Sudan
Buddha-Bar London
Cannons City Gym
Christian Dior, Paris
Eric and Jean Cass Collection
Coloplast Ltd., London
Conning Asset Management, London
Christian Dior Couture, Paris
Hanover Grange Jamaica
Heron Corporation
Hyatt Hotel Group
Johnson & Johnson
Jumeirah Hotel Group
Le Royal Meridien Hotel Group
Mein Schiff Cruise Lines
Mews of Mayfair, London
Radisson Edwardian Hotel Group
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
SAS Radisson Hotel Group

Museums
Natural History Museum, London
International Slavery Museum, Liverpool
Galleria Nazionali de Arte Moderna, Rome
Museum Beelden an Zee, The Netherlands
Court of Justice, Almelo, The Netherlands
National Gallery Canberra, Australia
Nickel Arts Museum, Calgary, USA
My sculptures have no palpable substance or surface. At first glance they appear to be a metallic membrane but when you take a closer look they are not even a skin - they are instead a delineation of surface and form, modelled and drawn in three-dimensional space.
David Begbie