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?