Location: Ushaw Historic House, Chapels and Gardens, County Durham
With kind permission of Ushaw House and Gardens
An energising beacon of luminous colour that radiates across the space it inhabits, the installation creates an intriguing and immersive interplay of coloured shadows.
Hymn to the Big Wheel is an immersive sculptural work exploring the illusion and physicality of colour and natural light in space. Viewers become performers within the work as they move around the inside and outside of the structure exploring the changing optics and colour-ways mixing within the installation. The jewel-like colours create diverse mixes and blends when viewed from different angles from around the installation, as well as producing a sundial effect by casting multi-coloured shadows on the ground.
About the artist
Liz West is a British artist who graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 2007. West’s broad body of work encompasses site-specific installations, sculpture, and wall-based artwork.
West creates vivid environments that mix luminous colour and radiant light. West aims to provoke a heightened sensory awareness in the viewer through her works. She is interested in exploring how sensory phenomena can invoke psychological and physical responses that tap into our own deeply entrenched relationships to colour.