About the Artwork
Phyllida Barlow’s sculpture untitled: megaphone, 2014, towers six metres high and stands to the viewer as to announce a performance that has yet to begin.
The sculpture resembles a tall megaphone. However, Barlow herself described it as an approximation or substitution for the actual object. As part of its making, the sculpture has been hacked and reinvented into a new form. A closer inspection reveals the materials, its texture, the colours, and the absence of technical functionality have left it with very little in common to a functioning megaphone. ‘It interests me what sculpture is, its playing around with substitution, and where do those substitutions lead one?’, Barlow noted. By being at first suggestive to reality while depriving a relation to a real object, sculpture acts as a trigger, stimulating the imagination of the viewer to new creative forms, to memories and undiscovered fantasies.
© Phyllida Barlow. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth. Photo: © Nick Turpin
Steel, timber, plywood, wirenetting, sand, polyurethane foam, polystyrene, paint, varnish
600 x 235 x 290 cm