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On display at V&A South Kensington
Request to view at the Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D , Case DR, Shelf 158

Maquette for 'Frozen Sky'

Maquette
2003 - 2004 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

Ben Langlands & Nikki Bell have been collaborating since 1978. The medium of their work ranges from film and digital media projects to sculpture, installation, and full- scale architecture.
Langlands & Bell’s project ‘Frozen Sky’ produced a series of works between 1997 and 2004. The works from ‘Frozen Sky’ (which are named after the project) explore concepts of travel, communication, the passing of time and the sense of place.
The works were created from a range of materials from screen prints to neon lighting. However, all works include or entirely comprise a circle made of three letter codes. These codes are acronyms for countries, generally used by airlines to represent departure points and destinations.
The abbreviations for cities on the clock face are constellations of the world’s urban centres. An aim of the work is to represent urban centres in an abstract constellation, evoking the transience of contemporary urban life. Langlands & Bell are preoccupied with connections, networks and webs that unite people around the world; the circle is therefore perhaps used as a symbol of unity.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Black and white printed paper stuck to mounting board.
Brief Description
Langlands & Bell, Maquette for 'Frozen Sky', 2004
Physical Description
Black clock face with white lettering denoting airport codes aroudn the edge of the clock face in white bold lettering. The circular clock face is mounted on white card but is slightly too small on one side.
Dimensions
  • Height: 81cm
  • Width: 80cm
Style
Production typeModel
Marks and Inscriptions
  • DKR
  • NAG
  • MAN
  • BOM
  • MEX
  • SIN
  • WAS (Unidentified)
  • CAS (IATA airport code for Anfa Airport which serves Casablanca, Morocco )
  • ZAG
  • KHI (Jinnah International Airport Karachi, Pakistan )
  • HAN
  • AMS
  • LHR
  • CDG
  • BEG
  • RIO
  • HKG
  • ALG
  • SYD
  • ATH
  • DAM
  • LAX
  • TUN
  • MAD
Credit line
Given by Langlands & Bell
Object history
Brought by the artists to the museum when installing the 'Frozen Sky' clock in the Prints and Drawings Study Room in 2005.
Subjects depicted
Summary
Ben Langlands & Nikki Bell have been collaborating since 1978. The medium of their work ranges from film and digital media projects to sculpture, installation, and full- scale architecture.

Langlands & Bell’s project ‘Frozen Sky’ produced a series of works between 1997 and 2004. The works from ‘Frozen Sky’ (which are named after the project) explore concepts of travel, communication, the passing of time and the sense of place.

The works were created from a range of materials from screen prints to neon lighting. However, all works include or entirely comprise a circle made of three letter codes. These codes are acronyms for countries, generally used by airlines to represent departure points and destinations.

The abbreviations for cities on the clock face are constellations of the world’s urban centres. An aim of the work is to represent urban centres in an abstract constellation, evoking the transience of contemporary urban life. Langlands & Bell are preoccupied with connections, networks and webs that unite people around the world; the circle is therefore perhaps used as a symbol of unity.

Collection
Accession Number
E.675-2016

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record createdJanuary 6, 2016
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