By Tim Masters
Arts and entertainment correspondent
16 April 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
Shawcross, pictured with his latest work, found fame when his wooden sculpture, The Nervous System, which was bought by Charles Saatchi in 2004
Artist Conrad Shawcross has made his latest giant public sculptures out of cheap metal in the hope that it will deter thieves.
His looping creations, Three Perpetual Chords, are set to be unveiled on Saturday in London’s Dulwich Park.
The artwork was commissioned to replace a Barbara Hepworth sculpture stolen from the park in 2011.
The Hepworth, insured for £500,000, had been there since 1970. It is thought to have been taken by metal thieves.
The insurance money from the stolen bronze Two Forms (Divided Circle) was used to paid for – and insure – Shawcross’s new work.
The much-in-demand artist, who at 37 is the youngest living member of the Royal Academy of Arts, told the BBC that the issue of theft had been on his mind when he was pitching his ideas to Southwark Council.
Barbara Hepworth’s Divided Circle was stolen from Dulwich Park in 2011
“It is something that everyone was very nervous about,” he said. “They wanted there to be no incentive to steal it. Even stainless steel was, in their eyes, a bit too expensive, so it forced …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment