The Eccentricity of Zero
17 May - 4 November 2013
To celebrate and highlight the work of female sculptors as part of a three year collaboration, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the Royal British Society of Sculptors, are delighted to present Sinta Tantra’s ambitious public art commission for Napolean Gardens in Holland Park, The Eccentricity of Zero.
The sculpture, comprising two monumental glass circles overlaid with geometric and triumphantly coloured sections, echoes both the rigid lines of the formal gardens surrounding it and its riotous floral displays. It playfully invites people to walk inside it and to bathe in the pools of coloured light cast both on the ground and on the bodies of people passing through. Neat hedges, flowers and framed seating provide a theatrical setting for measured play where one can see, be seen, hide and be hidden. The work becomes a giant sundial casting kaleidoscopic patterns that crescendo and decrescendo as the days and seasons pass, fusing fleeting time with the permanence of material.
The title, The Eccentricity of Zero, refers both to geometry and to the refreshing flamboyancy of the work. In geometry, ‘eccentricity’ is the measure of the deviation of a curve from the perfect circle and the circle’s ‘eccentricity is zero’. The sculpture, however, boldly asserts itself not just as a perfect circle, but as a place where light and colour, surface and depth collide in an engaging and joyous way.
Tantra says, "The sculpture plays on the idea of the garden as a labyrinth, of lovers chasing each other, of veiled flirtations and words left unspoken. The round glass panels act like fluid screens where organic, human and architectural structures are contained, heightened and reflected. As sunlight passes through the geometric spreads of colour, nature and the viewer become incorporated into the work and act as the catalysts to enliven it."
Accompanying Exhibition in the Ice House Gallery, Holland Park, London, W8 6LU from 20 - 23 May 2013 from 11am to 4pm.
About The Royal British Society of Sculptors
The Royal British Society of Sculptors (RBS) is a society for professional sculptors from around the World and was founded in 1904 by a group of eminent sculptors of the day. First granted in 1911, royal patronage continues today with HM Queen Elizabeth II. It is a registered charity which promotes the art of sculpture, particularly the widespread understanding of contemporary work. Leading sculptors involved over the years include Sir Hamo Thorneycroft, Alfred Gilbert, Ivor Roberts-Jones, Dame Elizabeth Frink, Michael Kenny, Sir Anthony Caro, Eduardo Chillida, Richard Serra, Philip King, Allen Jones, Michael Sandle and many others.
Interview between Sinta Tantra and RBS curator Claire Mander
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