About the Artwork

The Spectacle will be an ambitious site-specific installation comprising of seating, lighting and sculpture. Situated in a busy thoroughfare for pedestrians, these striking visual devices will perform collectively as a meeting place, or somewhere to pause. Highly stylized colours and motifs will be borrowed from the language of foodstuffs and confectionary. Glossy, synthetic ‘skins’ of paint will give the work a colourful pop status, a chameleon appearance and an almost edible quality.  The work will be a coming together of natural forms and saccharine colours, generating a dynamic physical presence in the urban landscape.
Year: 2019

Image courtesy of the artist


Marble, granite, bronze, powder-coated steel, stainless steel, cast iron, concrete, brass, woven nylon, beech, reinforced plastics, crushed glass, road marking paint, light fittings


Dimensions variable

Artist Biography

Jonathan Trayte

Jonathan Trayte was born in 1980 in Huddersfield, UK. He received a BFA from UCA Canterbury in 2004 and a postgraduate degree in Fine Art from Royal Academy Schools in 2010. His recent solo exhibitions include Fruiting Habits, Friedman Benda, New York (2018); SCHUSSBOOMER, Castor Projects, London (2017-18); Polyculture, The Tetley, Leeds (2016); Pazar, Marcelle Joseph Projects and Istanbul Art Project, Istanbul, Turkey (2014). Group exhibitions include New Sculptural Presence, Nilufar, Milan (2019); Blow Up, Friedman Benda, New York (2019); The London Open, The Whitechapel Gallery, London (2018); Dreamworks, Kate MacGarry, London (2018); Tropicana, Christies, London (2017); Identify your Limitations, Vitrine Gallery, Basel, Switzerland (2017); Milk – A café with Lavazza, Christies, London (2016); Shoppers Guide - ConverseXDazed, Royal Academy of Arts, London (2015).