About the Artwork

Pittu Pithu Pitoo, a large-scale rock sculpture made of fibreglass and a garden ornament, literalises the state of being on the periphery, or on the other side – as both a source of agitation, and a means of perceiving the world. The architectural intervention, typical of Barclay’s installations, is driven by this state of anxiety. The viewer is invited, or perhaps forced, to consider how objects can determine our experience in space; Pittu Pithu Pitoo is about negotiating barriers, whether structural, psychological, or both.

Pittu Pithu Pitoo was commissioned by South London Gallery.

Year: 2022

Courtesy of the artist and Workplace UK. Photo: © Nick Turpin


Fibreglass and garden ornament


300 x 200 x 360 cm

Artist Biography

Simeon Barclay

Simeon Barclay (b.1975, Huddersfield, UK) lives and works in West Yorkshire, UK. Barclay received his BA from Leeds Metropolitan University, Leeds in 2010 and his MFA from Goldsmiths College, London in 2014. In 2022 Barclay received the Ares Art Award; in 2021 he was appointed to Arts Council Collection Acquisitions Committee, and received an Art Fund Commission as part of BAS9. Barclay was awarded the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award for Visual Artists and Henry Moore Foundation award in 2020. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally with major exhibitions at South London Gallery; Workplace, London; and TATE Britain. He has participated in group exhibitions at Victoria Miro, Somerset House, and British Art Show 9. Barclay is represented by Workplace, UK.