Sophy King

Art, Landscape, Environment

Gold River Bed

Environmental Art Installation, I-Park Foundation, Connecticut, 2016

The site is a dry river bed during a drought. This work is like an offering to the gods of rain. I am playing with ideas of value and worth, using humble moss and concrete alongside precious gold.  At the end of the day the missing element is the most precious one of all – the water that should be running freely down the creek.

concrete, gold leaf, moss

Regen 2

etching manchester regeneration

Etching with Gold Leaf

Regen 2

Etching and gold leaf

 

Sundial

Sundial, Mile End, London 1998

Commission for Bethnal Green Housing Association, the frontispiece for a new housing development.

Reinforced concrete, 25mm thick float glass, mirror

Mile End is a diverse multicultural area, this informed my approach to the design, and my proposal was chosen by popular vote by the residents of the area.  The monolithic sculpture is the gnomon to a sundial laid out in the cobbles around it.

The Sundial evokes the connection between the earth and the sky. It reveals changing atmospheres, the rhythm of the days and months. It reinforces the viewer’s relationship to the seasons within an urban, anthropocentric environment.

During workshops in local schools we made sundials and orreries, exploring concepts of Time and Space.

I also developed a system to cast glass within concrete in conjunction with a specialist glass engineer at Ove Arup

 

Pods

 

Concrete, steel, glass

These sculptures comprise repeated elements, fitted together to create the work. The parts are not quite mass- but maybe midi-production.
They have potential for multiple variation.
The recurring components evoke the idea of the whole being greater than the sum of the parts.

These are both totem and wayfinding sculpture.  Looking through the inset lenses gives an alternative view on the surroundings, inviting you to find your own reality.