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Maquette  - Maquette for 'Frozen Sky'

Maquette for 'Frozen Sky'

  • Object:

    Maquette

  • Place of origin:

    London (made)

  • Date:

    2003 - 2004 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Langlands, Ben (maker)
    Bell, Nikki (maker)
    Langlands & Bell (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Black and white printed paper stuck to mounting board.

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Langlands & Bell

  • Museum number:

    E.675-2016

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case LD, shelf 6

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.

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.

Place of Origin

London (made)

Date

2003 - 2004 (made)

Artist/maker

Langlands, Ben (maker)
Bell, Nikki (maker)
Langlands & Bell (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Black and white printed paper stuck to mounting board.

Marks and inscriptions

DKR
IATA airport code for Léopold Sédar Senghor International Airport which services Dakar, Senegal

NAG
IATA airport code for Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport which serves Nagpur, India

MAN
IATA airport code for Manchester Airport

BOM
IATA airport code for Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, which serves Mumbai

MEX
IATA airport code for Benito Juarez International Airport, which serves Mexico City

SIN
IATA airport code for Singapore Changi Airport

WAS
Unidentified

CAS
IATA airport code for Anfa Airport which serves Casablanca, Morocco

ZAG
Zagreb Airport (Pleso Airport) Zagreb, Croatia

KHI
Jinnah International Airport Karachi, Pakistan

HAN
Noi Bai International Airport Hanoi, Vietnam

AMS
Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Amsterdam, Netherlands

LHR
Heathrow Airport London, England, United Kingdom

CDG
Charles de Gaulle Airport (Roissy Airport) Paris, Île-de-France, France

BEG
Belgrade Nikola Tesla Airport Belgrade, Serbia

RIO
All Airports Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

HKG
Hong Kong International Airport (Chek Lap Kok Airport) Hong Kong

ALG
Houari Boumediene Airport Algiers, Algeria

SYD
Sydney Airport Mascot (near Sydney), Australia

ATH
Athens International Airport (Eleftherios Venizelos Airport) Athens, Greece

DAM
Damascus International Airport Damascus, Syria

LAX
Los Angeles International Airport Los Angeles, California, United States

TUN
Tunis–Carthage International Airport Tunis / Carthage, Tunisia

MAD
Madrid–Barajas Airport Madrid, Spain

Dimensions

Height: 81 cm, Width: 80 cm

Object history note

Brought by the artists to the museum when installing the 'Frozen Sky' clock in the Prints and Drawings Study Room in 2005.

Descriptive line

Langlands & Bell, Maquette for 'Frozen Sky', 2004

Materials

Paper; Ink; Card

Techniques

Printed; Glued

Subjects depicted

Time; Location; Travel

Categories

Designs; Clocks & Watches

Production Type

Model

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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