For Patio Project 9 Wicks has created Beached, a towering sculptural assemblage and recreation of the mooring structures which can be found along the banks of our city's river.
WW recently held an open call inviting proposals for a series of provisional, site-specific, outdoor installations in the 6 square metre street-facing patio space at WW, 30 Queensdown Road.
Selected artists are awarded a £100 bursary to assist them in the challenge of realising a public art work on public view 24/7 for 28 days.
Three artists were initally commissioned to kick off Patio Projects and WW subsequently selected a further 11 artists from the open submission, completing the programme up to January 2013.
Public response to the first few Patio Projects has been overwhelmingly positive and the works have engaged new art audiences, including local residents and children.
For Patio Project #9 Andy Wicks has created Beached, a towering sculptural assemblage and recreation of the mooring structures which can be found along the banks of our city’s river.
In the visceral materiality of this wooden structure: stained by weathering, rusted and rotten; the history of the central artery of London’s trade industry is evoked.
Salvaged from the beaches of the Thames, the driftwood of our forgotten industrial past finds itself reassembled and beached on a domestic patio. Removed from its tide-washed context, the structure has an otherworldly quality and could be mistaken for a work of imagination.
Andy Wicks is a graduate of Fine Art from Middlesex University and was a recipient of the Florence Trust Award in 2010/2011. www.andywicks.co.uk
PV First Thursday 5th July NB. 6-7pm only
WW Patio Projects
30 Queensdown Rd E5 8NN