concept for The Signaler is based on my continuing interest
in human anatomy, our industrial heritage and the history
of the found object tradition in modern art.
The forms of this sculpture are
developed from a series of garment templates, unique to
the fashion & textiles industry. The computer graded
numbers and letters, (laser cut into the surface of the
metal), connect one part of a template to another, thus
forming visual clues as to how the artwork goes together.
The overall form of the sculpture
is of the figure and the materials used reflect the past
industries of the region and the future.
The sculpture is made from a combination
of cor ten steel and stainless steel. The base is made from
concrete in addition to stainless steel details.
Cor ten steel has distinct weathering
characteristics that allow the surface skin of the metal
to weather to a particular colour. This colour adapts to
the atmospheric conditions of the environment it is located
in. In this way, The Signaler will eventually assume a colour
unique to Loughborough.