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Sculpture - A Very Large Propagation Project of Textured Spikes
  • A Very Large Propagation Project of Textured Spikes
    Mori, Junko, born 1974
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A Very Large Propagation Project of Textured Spikes

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    Salford (made)

  • Date:

    2004 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Mori, Junko, born 1974 (artist)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Forged mild steel, wax-coated

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

This sculpture was bought from the 2005 COLLECT art fair at the V&A as a representative example of designer-maker artist Junko Mori's output. Japanese-born Mori first studied at Musashino Art University, Tokyo (1993-97), and has risen to almost instant fame since graduating from Camberwell College of Arts, London, in 2000. In 2004, Peter Jones, Sloane Square, commissioned her to create a foyer sculpture entitled 'Sprig' for its newly refurbished interior.

Mori says of her own work, 'I am always drawn to the visual impact of an aggregate assembled with many small components and find infinite possibilities of the form multiplied by the vital power beyond the physical space, such as cell division through the microscope. My work consists of multiples of individually forged silver or steel and the subtle difference of each piece results from hand-hammering. No piece is individually planned but becomes fully formed within the making and thinking process. The uncontrollable beauty is the core of my concept.'

Place of Origin

Salford (made)


2004 (made)


Mori, Junko, born 1974 (artist)

Materials and Techniques

Forged mild steel, wax-coated


Height: 36 cm, Width: 27 cm

Object history note

Purchased with funds allocated by the Director for acquisitions from the Craft Council's COLLECT art fair, 13-17 Jan, 2005, held in the V&A. Chosen as a representative example of the work of Junko Mori. The piece was made for Adrian Sassoon specifically to be exhibited at COLLECT.

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'A Very Large Propagation Project of Textured Spikes'
Junko Mori, UK, 2004
Forged mild steel, wax coated

Junko Mori is a Japanese maker based in the UK. Since graduating in 2000 she has experimented with steel and silver, with projects ranging from jewellery to large scale sculptural commissions. Mori¡¯s fascination with organic forms can be seen in this piece. Each individual spike was forged by hand, subtly unique because the hammer never strikes the metal in the same way twice. She experimented with creating forms this way with a series of 'Propagation Project' pieces. [21/03/2007]


Sculpture; Metalwork


East Asia Collection

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