Speaker installation at the Saatchi Gallery

Speaker installation at the Saatchi Gallery

by Jayne Leighton Herd 09 August, 2010

Taking full advantage of yesterday being a lovely, sunny Sunday, my other half and I decided to venture into London for the afternoon. We enjoyed a delicious al fresco lunch and followed that up with a dessert of contemporary art at the Saatchi Gallery. Don't worry, I didn't miss out on a real dessert: a yummy French patisserie was consumed later in the afternoon. ;-)

Anyway, I want to share with you an installation by John Wynne displayed in the Saatchi Gallery, which I found particularly intriguing: 300 speakers, progressing from random solo units seeming to form stepping stones towards the ceiling-high, obelisk-like pile in the corner of the gallery space. Speakers of varying shapes, sizes and vintage, some of which were conected to a pianola (and a vacuum cleaner!) nestled in amongst the pile, programmed to repeat an almost eerie series of notes at regularly spaced intervals.

As I stood gazing up to the top of the speaker spire, I wondered how long it took the artist to collect them all and how he went about it. I bet that some of those old speakers have a really interesting background story.


 Installation for 300 speakers, Pianola and vacuum cleaner by John Wynne

 
Who else has seen this installation and what did you think?





Jayne Leighton Herd
Jayne Leighton Herd

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Jayne Leighton Herd is a professional fine artist & designer known particularly for her abstract paintings on canvas and on plexiglass. Jayne also undertakes commissions for bespoke art for both individual and commercial clients.




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