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Sculpting the Museum


28 January - 25 March 2017

Sculpting the Museum is a site specific response to the architecture and collections of Rugby Art Gallery and Museum. Michael Shaw has created a humongous site-specific inflatable that will writhe around the gallery. INF21 is a dynamic response to the architecture of the Art Gallery and in particular its circular annex and columns. The inflatable’s size and geometry mean it is less a sculpture to be observed and more a sculpture to be experienced by moving around.

Michael has also selected objects from the collection that he felt could be sculptures in their own right and then made sculptures in response. Each artefact and sculpture will be displayed together. The selected objects reflect the industrial, man-made and functional nature of the collections at Rugby; and the town’s working heritage. Through this intervention, the sculptor hopes that viewers will come to recognise and admire the extraordinary forms wrought by the various unknown designers, craftspeople and engineers that gave being to these objects.

Michael’s approach brings new insights to Rugby Art Gallery and Museum’s building and collections, and offers audiences the possibility to engage with dynamic contemporary sculpture that puts a smile on the face.

Publications by Michael Shaw

Sculpting the Museum £10

Membranes and Edges £6

Virtually Sculpture £6

image of sintox ceramic insulatorws
image of fireman's epaulette

Sintox ceramic insulators
Sugar Plum Fairy Michael Shaw, nylon, 2016

Fireman's Epaulette
Hierarchy, 2016, nylon, steel, leatherette

All images copyright Michael Shaw