Keith Wilson - Roma

Steel, PU elastomer. Meadow Arts Commission (2008)

Keith Wilson - Roma

Steel, PU elastomer. Meadow Arts Commission (2008)

Keith Wilson - Roma

Steel, PU elastomer. Meadow Arts Commission (2008)

Roma

Roma

Steel, PU elastomer

Meadow Arts commission, 2008 

A twenty metre, sinuous steel walkway stretches between the east wing of the mansion and the river Tern.  Keith Wilson’s work is a formal gesture and walk-through sculpture, which borrows the shape of a cattle run. The interior walls of the walkway are coated in a thick layer of high-density PU elastomer, finished in a luxuriant glossy blue, seemingly at odds with the harsh industrial materials used to construct the run. The sense of containment one experiences while walking through the sculpture is both comforting and disorientating. The notion of spatial control appeals to our need to find shelter in spatially controlled environments. The work is entitled Roma since its curves echo those of the River Tiber as it runs through the historic centre of Rome; perhaps a reference to the rise and rapid fall of a once great empire or to the ruinous Grand Tour of the 2nd Lord Berwick who commissioned the re-modelling of Attingham by Humphry Repton.

Keith Wilson

Keith Wilson is an artist best known for his playful interventions into the fabric of everyday life, appropriating familiar domestic or industrial objects - wardrobes, shelving, fire grates, cattle pens - often in a subtly humorous way. In recent years he has made large scale galvanised steel sculptures using the visual language of railings, street furniture, market stalls and cattle runs. These works are often 'performative', engaging the viewer and inviting them to interact physically with the work - leaning on it, sitting on it, or even playing around it.

Keith Wilson's work is held in many public collections including the Contemporary Art Society; Leeds City Art Gallery and the Saatchi Collection. Wilson has exhibited widely, most recently at the Royal Academy; Milton Keynes Gallery; Compton Verney. and the New Arts Centre; he co-curated ‘The Object Sculpture’ exhibition for the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds.