Untitled 0868 0009 (blueprint), 2017
60.2 x 60.2 cm
Screenprint on digital archival print
Edition of 50 + 3 AP, signed and numbered
To mark the launch of Sculpture Park Hill artist Keith Wilson has produced a new limited edition, Untitled 0868 0009 (blueprint), 2017.
In 2016, Keith Wilson was commissioned to develop the first and only permanent work for Sculpture Park Hill, Sheffield’s new home for temporary public sculpture at the Park Hill estate in Sheffield.
In collaboration with landscape architect Tim Osborne Studio, Wilson reconfigured the 3.5-acre landscape to accommodate a series of five concrete discs – Park Hill Plinths – across the multipurpose site. The design of each plinth directly references a core aspect of Park Hill’s characteristic topography: the 3.18 m diameter is equal to the building’s modular grid, the concrete was made using the same mix, and the various heights reference the estate’s incremental plateaus.
Wilson's decision to lay these five plinths like a ‘footprint’ over the landscape could be viewed as a territorial gesture; claiming the future use of the landscape for artistic purposes, but it can also be seen as a generous gesture; giving a platform for what is yet to come.
Keith Wilson (b. 1965, Birmingham) trained at Oxford University (Ruskin School BFA 1998) and University College London (Slade School MFA 1990). An artist with a longstanding interest in the cultural status of sculpture, and the extent to which sculpture can play a part in social transformation, his practice has been balanced between curatorial ventures (most recently a co-curated project, Modern British Sculpture, at the Royal Academy London in 2011), gallery exhibitions (such as Calendar at the MAC Belfast in 2016), and public works. He completed a major commission, Steles, for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012, works that remain as a key part of the new Queen Elizabeth Park; and produced new sculptures at each venue as part of British Art Show 7 as it toured the UK. Wilson is currently Acting Executive Director of the Centre for the Humanities at CUNY, New York and Professor of Sculpture at Sheffield Hallam University.
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