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Sculptural installation - Breathless

Breathless

  • Object:

    Sculptural installation

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2001 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Parker, Cornelia, born 1956 (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver-plated brass wind instruments, flattened and suspended on stainless steel wire

  • Museum number:

    A.6:1 to 54-2005

  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 121, Clore Study Area, case FS []

'Breathless' is a work commissioned specially from the British artist Cornelia Parker for display in the new British Galleries. It was specifically designed to fill the oculus or open space newly created between the two floors of the Galleries in a corner. It is made of 54 defunct brass band instruments which have been squashed flat and hung from wires. They are designed to be seen from both above and below, with polished upper surfaces and tarnished undersides. the work is an attempt by the artist to explore such ideas of duality as silence/noise, upper class/lower class, and death/resurrection.

Physical description

54 flattened silver-plated brass wind instruments, arranged in circular formation and suspended on stainless steel wires. The instruments are (in inventory number order): 4 tubas, 2 euphoniums, 14 horns, 2 flugel horns, 8 trombones, 24 cornets.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

2001 (made)

Artist/maker

Parker, Cornelia, born 1956 (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Silver-plated brass wind instruments, flattened and suspended on stainless steel wire

Dimensions

Diameter: 4550 cm approximate

Object history note

Accessioned by the Sculpture Section in 2005 at request of Records Section, following commissioning for British Galleries in 1999.

Descriptive line

Sculpture Installation, 54 flattened silver-plated brass wind instruments, by Cornelia Parker, Britain, 2001

Subjects depicted

Musical instruments; Wind instruments

Categories

Installation art; Musical instruments

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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