About the Artwork

Site-specific installation Broken Pillar #12, is part of a body of work developed over the last five years, by Shan Hur. As part of the artist’s practice, Hur incorporates found objects, usually relevant to its location within these structures, encouraging the viewer to question the world around them and the objects hidden within it. Adapted to its surroundings at St Helen’s Churchyard, Broken Pillar #12 is a unique interpretation from the series, unveiled for the occasion. Hur’s previous public placements include ‘Berkeley’s tree’ – the façade of Berkeley Square House, London, UK and ‘A New Column for Manchester’ with the Arts Council of England – Manchester, UK, 2014.

Year: 2015

Copyright the artist; Courtesy of Gazelli Art House Photo © Nick Turpin


Steel, concrete, ceramic and granite


32 x 32 x 302 cm

Artist Biography

Shan Hur

Fascinated by the moment of transition when a particular space is reconfigured for a new purpose, Korean-born, London-based sculptor ShanHur can be recognised by his signature cracked columns and sculptural interventions. Often concealing unexpected items of treasure, the artist's work is inspired by his careful examination of construction sites. Hur disrupts the viewer’s perception of the gallery space acting as a white cube or art container, by directly implicating the gallery as an active element in the artwork itself. Often incorporating found objects and antiquities within the sculptures, his practice underlines the significance and historical references retained through traditional objects, and the conjunctions and meanings we attach to our surroundings. Born in 1980 in Seoul, Korea, Hur holds an M.F.A from Slade (2010) and a B.F.A in Sculpture from Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea (2007). His work is held in the British Art Collection and some recent awards include ‘Royal British Society of Sculptors Bursary Award’, London U.K. (2013), Oriel Davies Open 2012 Newtown Wales, UK Finalist, and ‘The Open West’, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK- 1st Award, ‘Art Catlin’ Finalist (2011).