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.
"Its essentially two identical machines facing each other on a track system and they both start to weave the same piece of rope from both ends."
"Its almost like two spiders that recede away from each other down this track."
Chord is also about the way we perceive time. This rope machine has always been about the perception of time and a metaphor of time, he says.
"Time is either a line or a cycle and this thing with all the spools is almost trying to slowly come together, but at the same time theyre also rowing back so youve got this sense of expanding space.