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The Granary
The Granary

© the artist. Photo credit: Nick Turpin, courtesy of Sculpture in the City

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'The Granary' is a life-sized sculpture of a traditional English grain store. Still in use in countryside locations such as the artist's hometown in Faversham, Kent, granaries are an archetypal structure of agrarian and pastoral life. Towering at an unusual height, The Granary is finished in pearlescent candy orange, chosen to represent the desire to return to an idyllic, rose-tinted past. Despite its indulgence to this fantasy, 'The Granary' is also a beaten, forced and frustrated product. It reflects a brutal reality of material hardship, discord, class division and racism, as well as the fear and uncertainty of what we have lost or stand to lose from crises affecting rural life today. 'The Granary' speaks as much to a need to overcome these crises as it does to the vexed rhetoric that underpins established visions of the nation, its heritage and our place within it.

Sculpture in the City

London

Title

The Granary

Date

2021

Medium

powder coated steel

Measurements

H 353 x W 275 x D 265 cm

Accession number

EC3A_SITC_THEG

Acquisition method

on loan to Sculpture in the City, 2022–2023

Work type

Sculpture

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at all times

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London, Greater London England

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