Will Nash, the award-winning British sculptor known for his Space Hopper Pyramid and the appearance of a giant game of table tennis played with a pendulum on the Kent coast, has depicted 50 community workers in a stainless steel portrait for a public art commission in Eastbourne.
Elevation, a 12x5 metre light-reflecting work made of laser cut brushed steel panels, uses geometry to illuminate the people who worked at the town’s Wartling Road community centre on the day it opened in July 2010. It was co-ordinated by the nearby Towner Art Gallery, and features the Mayor of the town in the middle of the traced line-up.
The sitters bounced on a trampoline as Nash captured them, giving the impression of being elevated in the air for the picture.
“The call for proposals went out in 2008, and the selection committee were impressed by Will Nash’s unique idea of involving the people who use the centre in his artistic process,” said Councillor Neil Stanley, who unveiled the work on Saturday (September 17 2011).
“Will has been planning and researching the work since then, and the result is an outstanding public artwork that really animates the building and brings the community centre to life. I would encourage everyone to come down and join in the celebrations as we present this truly uplifting new commission to the community.”
The piece enhances Nash’s burgeoning reputation as one of the most imaginative creators of modern public art in the UK.
In The Laws of Table Tennis, made earlier this year, he allowed the public to control a giant steel weight from a decommissioned coastal lightship, suspended in the air and responding to activity on a table below.
The University of Brighton graduate also won acclaim for a huge pyramid made of 298 space hoppers, positioned outside the city’s library. The installation, which Nash described as “big and silly”, helped raise funds for testicular cancer charities.