Huge, mesmerising rope-making machine that ‘captures time’ on display in Halifax
Henry Moore once said that a sculptor is a person “who is interested in the shape of things.”
In Conrad Shawcross’s case you could also add metaphysics, geometry, philosophy, poetry and mechanics.
He started reading, and learning, about all manner of machines and how they worked.Today, Shawcross is one of the biggest names in sculpture and has won a string of awards.
He has exhibited his work around the world, including at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris, the Berwaldhallen in Stockholm and the National Gallery in London. And now he can add Halifax to this list.
One of his most remarkable, and intriguing, installations Chord is on show at Dean Cloughs jute shed.
Chord consists of two identical machines that carry 324 spools of coloured cord that retreat from each other down a track, while suspended in the air a few metres above them, a multicoloured rope is woven together.