Nick Hornby Wins Commission for Harlow’s New Science Park
Harlow Art Trust has appointed British sculptor Nick Hornby to design a new work for Harlow’s new Enterprise Zone. It will be located at the heart of the new Harlow Science Park – home to Anglia Ruskin University’s Medical Technology Innovation Centre.
The brief for this sculpture was to create a focal point that resonated both with the narrative of Science and Technology as well as Harlow’s cultural legacy. Hornby’s practice is ideally suited to this brief – as he appropriates art historical references and creates new hybrid objects using digital technologies.
Corrina Dunlea, Director Harlow Art Trust says:
Since 1953 Harlow Art Trust has been the guardian of beautifying both urban and rural spaces in Harlow unwittingly creating a leading example of how sculpture, architecture and landscape can be a perfect frame for designers and innovative practitioners such as Nick. We are excited to see how he will punctuate the new park turning the mundane into a visually enriching space ultimately enhancing the daily lives of the workforce, visitors to Harlow and residents. We are looking forward to collaborating with Nick. His piece will add elegance and important relevance to our sculpture collection.
Andrew Bramidge, Project Director Harlow Enterprise Zone says:
The creation of high quality amenity space has been central to the conceptual thinking behind our development of the new Harlow Science Park. The commissioning of a new public sculpture is at the heart of this and will add to the experience of businesses, employees and visitors. We were particularly keen to work with a young British artist to help us achieve our vision and are delighted to be working with Nick and will be excited to see how his concept becomes reality over the coming months.
Nick Hornby says:
I’m delighted to have the opportunity to develop this commission within the new Harlow Science Park. My design is a hybrid of figuration and abstraction formed by mixing the work of two artists – Michelangelo and Kandinsky. Both are arguably the pinnacle of their fields: Michelangelo’s David is the apotheosis of human perfectibility and Kandinsky is credited with painting one of the first recognised purely abstract works. I hope this artwork will provoke questions and debate.
Hornby’s work will be installed in November 2018.
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About Nick Hornby
Nick Hornby, born in 1980, is a rising, young sculptor living and working in London. He has received degrees from the Slade School of Art at University College London and Chelsea School of Art. He has exhibited in the UK, the US, Switzerland, Greece and India, including Tate Britain, Southbank Centre, The Fitzwilliam Museum in the UK; and Eyebeam and The Museum of Arts and Design in New York. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Frieze, Artforum, and featured in Dazed, Wired, and Time Out, among others. Hornby's sculptures emerge from the convergence of a postmodern historical perspective and cutting-edge digital technology.
About Harlow Art Trust
Harlow Art Trust was founded in 1953 and is one of Britain's leading regional arts organisations. Over the past fifty years the Trust has built up a remarkable collection of sculpture by some of the foremost names in modern and contemporary art, which attracts visitors to Harlow from all over the world. To walk around the centre of Harlow is to experience a large-scale open-air art museum in which can be seen work by Auguste Rodin, Barbara Hepworth, Henry Moore, Ralph Brown, Lynn Chadwick, Lee Grandjean, Elizabeth Frink amongst many others.
The Trust continues to purchase and commission new sculpture and other works of art from new and established artists, and whenever possible sites these in publicly accessible areas of Harlow for everyone to enjoy. In 2011 the Trust expanded its activities by taking on the running of The Gibberd Gallery, a fine venue in the Town Centre which is home to Sir Frederick Gibberd’s gift of watercolours and which hosts a programme of regularly changing exhibitions.
For more information see www.gibberdgallery.co.uk Harlow Enterprise Zone
Harlow Enterprise Zone occupies a strategically significant site between London and Cambridge, with its proximity to London Stansted Airport making it a premier business location. At the heart of this development, led by Harlow Council, is a 27 acre Science Park focused on Life Sciences, Advanced Engineering and Information and Communications Technology. The first buildings on this site commence construction in April 2018 with occupancy from March 2019. In total, the site will contain more than 500,000 square feet of development and provide jobs for more than 2,000 people alongside some ancillary retail and café facilities in an attractively landscaped setting.
For more information see www.helloharlow.co.uk