Celebrating Contemporary: David Batchelor's Waldella, Dundee

  • 27 September 2011

Trip the light fantastic with David Batchelor's illuminated sculpture in our penultimate Celebrating Contemporary feature

David Batchelor, Waldella, Dundee, 2009-2010 © Courtesy of the artist

David Batchelor, Waldella, Dundee, 2009-2010

Trip the light fantastic with David Batchelor's illuminated sculpture Waldella, Dundee in our penultimate Celebrating Contemporary feature.

The work

The McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum commissioned a sculpture from artist David Batchelor to celebrate its £12 million refurbishment. The resulting piece, Waldella, Dundee, was designed specifically for the gallery, and acts as a focal point for the MacManus's redeveloped building.

At over 10 metres in length, Waldella, Dundee spans all three storeys of the McManus. The piece is constructed from lightbulbs housed in 250 coloured-plastic containers, suspended by electrical flex from the gallery's ceiling. The resulting light is unnatural yet seductive, drawing visitors up through the building to see the work from each of the three floors.

The artist

Dundee-born David Batchelor is one of Britain's most respected living artists. His work explores mass-manufactured and industrial materials, and has been exhibited widely across Europe, the United States and Latin America.

Batchelor studied Fine Art at Trent Polytechnic in Nottingham. He is editor of the journal Colour, and is a respected writer who has written two books – Minimalism and Chromophobia. He lives in London, where he is Senior Tutor in Critical Theory at the Royal College of Art.

Did you know?

One of Batchelor's most recent commissions was an installation for Archway Tube Station in London. The resulting piece, Big Rock Candy Fountain, uses LED lights to simulate a neon fountain over the station.

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