AARON McPEAKE

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Public Commissions / Awards:

The Sound of their Deaths in Australia (2015)

Medium:
Bell-bronze Bell with wooden clapper (leather covered), marine rope and stainless steel fixings. 45kg

The temporarily vacant Henry Moore Plinth at Millbank (next to Tate Britain) is hosting a changing set of sculptural works commissioned by Chelsea College of Art and Design whilst the Moore is on loan to Yorkshire Sculpture Park during 2015. The Sound of their Deaths in Australia by Aaron McPeake is the plinth’s first guest during April and May.

This bell-bronze work alludes to the histories of the Millbank site; of prisoners destined for the other side of the world and their thoughts, knowing that they would never return. The shape of the bell also has a reference to animal husbandry, the bells often worn by cattle and goats to maintain control. Being interactive, the work provides an aural and haptic experience and those that encounter it can consider past experiences and histories of the site.

The Sound of their Deaths in Australia

The Sound of their Deaths in Australia
The Sound of their Deaths in Australia

Henry Moore Two Piece Reclining Figure
Henry Moore Two Piece Reclining Figure



Toll (2013)

Commissioned by Camden Arts Centre, this interactive bronze work is based on a leaf taken from the Ash tree at the centre of the garden at Camden Arts Centre, and hangs within the same tree.

This piece is a reflection and meditation on the decline of and threat to a number of species of flora and fauna (including the Ash), which were abundant when the artist was a child.

Visitors throughout the spring and summer months are invited to 'ring' the work, specially calibrated in collaboration with the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.

An an open mould casting method was used, where the molten metal is poured into a hollow in loam and the face exposed to the air oxidizes as the metal cools, producing a finish similar to the shriveling of die back disease symptoms.

(read more on the Camden Arts Centre website)

Toll (1 min)

Aaron McPeake:

Winner of Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary 2013

Residency at Spike Island Bristol

January, February and March 2014


Toll

26 April - 27 October 2013
Extended into 2014

Garden Commission
Camden Arts Centre
London (read more)










Some Cuts Resonate (2011)

Bell Bronze, 220 x 1220 50kg

Winning entry for Cass Sculpture Prize 2011

Installation views from Roostein Hopkins Parade Ground Millbank

The bell was cast in bronze at the world famous Whitechapel Bell Foundry, using the same techniques used for casting church bells and Big Ben.

The sliced bronze bell was hung alongside a soft mallet, inviting passersby to strike it to produce a sound similar to a large church bell crossed with a plate gong. The Parade Ground’s archways acted as a loudspeaker, and the sound produced resonated for well over a minute – perhaps signalling opposition to funding cuts.

Some Cuts Resonate



Photo: Chris Wainwright




River Wandle (2009)

Oak, Copper, Bronze 2440 x 2440cm

Commission for Barratt Homes and London Borough of Merton

Installation View from Plough Lane, London


River Wandle (2009)

 

 

Horse as a Figure of Memory (2004)

Mahogany
2440 x 2200 x 1500 mm (footprint)


Horse as a Figure of Memory (2004)