Multimedia Sculpture, 1.5m high, 1m diameter.
Materials: Wood, steel, paper, photo paper, magnifying glasses.
Awards: 1st prize in sculpture Coraki Art Award 2011
Utopia and Dystopia dance together by the light of the urban dream.
Nature throws up her skirts in a glory of postcards hiding the grimy truth.
Arising from the bones of consumer media carcass
Utopia Towers gives us a peek through juxta-cultural windows.
Are you looking in or looking out?
Utopia Towers is a comment on city life in the 21st Century. Made from a collage of hundreds of photos of cities from around the world both manually (old fashioned scissors and glue) and digitally (photoshop) and remashed newsprint. Utopia Towers is highly detailed, which is why magnifying glasses are provided with the sculpture. The magnifying glasses act as small windows through which viewers interact with the artwork creating their own unique visual paths through the work.
On first viewing a tower rises from a circular landscape . The tower represents the pinnacle of the consumer age, large erections looming over the landscape of human habitation, making us, humans feel small. A square peg in a round hole.
The circle that surrounds the tower represents the carousel of modern life- work, eat, sleep, work, eat. etc.
As the viewer draws closer they see the rubbish and decay that is hidden from the view of the residents of Utopia Towers by a large wall. The wall also symbolises the residents need to keep out unpleasant aspects of life in the city, like poverty and crime.
The tower rises from a landscape of sensationalist headlines mesmerising the residents and keeping them in a state of anxiety. Today’s media constantly mines the world for stories, bait for the media consumer, capturing their attention and then covertly promoting the profit-driven, neo-liberalist system that western industrial society inhabits.
The tower rises from this sea of fear, but what do the residents see? Beautiful images of a world, simulations of how it used to be.
The tower has many windows into the lives of the residents, vignettes portrayed in one telling scene.
On the top of the tower are strange billboards, advertising Religion, Art, Fear and Progress all vying for the attention of the viewer.
The magnifying glasses that are attached to the sculpture represent the need to look deeper at issues, instead of the glib surface comments that commercial media presents to the public.
Utopia Towers has been well received winning the Coraki Art prize for sculpture in 2011.
For more detailed views please visit the Utopia Towers - a closer look page.