SCATTERED lengths of timber are now all that remain of the ‘kicked down’ creation of an artist’s exhibit at Yorkshire Sculpture Park.
It was not knocked to the ground by youths, but by their creator Scottish artist Aeneas Wilder.
And yesterday crowds gathered to see the work Untitled # 155 come crashing down.
The structure was built to be housed in the vast gallery space in the West Bretton park’s Longside Gallery and has been on display since July 30. It took over 200 hours to construct and was created from around 10,000 uniform lengths of wood without glue or fixings.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s director of programme Clare Lilley, said: “I saw Aeneas’ work a couple of years ago and invited him to the park and he offered to create a number pieces, anyone of which would have been brilliant. All of his pieces are called Untitled and this is his 155th piece.
“It was amazing to see hundreds of people watching Aeneas’ steel toe capped boot ‘kick in’ the sculpture.
“It had a domino affect but what was really unexpected was the deafening sound like thunder.
“It really took us by surprise and was really powerful.”
The ‘kick down’ is part of the idea of artwork as asset or investment and inviting a revaluation of how the value of art is assessed.
The process of recycling of artworks and materials found locally is an important aspect of Wilder’s practice.
Mr Wilder said: “By limiting the creative act to one simple material, in ample supply, with clearly defined parameters (no fixing, no joining, no additional materials, only balance and gravity allowed for the construction process) a door opens into a wholly unexplored creative territory.”
Nina Rogers, of Yorkshire Sculpture Park, explains: “The precarious nature of his constructions hints at the delicate balance of man versus nature, a relationship Wilder saw tested to its limits whilst in Japan during the devastating earthquake.
“He describes a ‘kick down’, as a powerful act that brings the structure crashing systematically to the floor.”
A video of the ‘kick down’ can be viewed on the Yorkshire Sculpture Park website at www.ysp.co.uk