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West Wing Spectrum

© David Batchelor. All Rights Reserved, DACS 2024. Photo credit: Vital Arts, Barts Health NHS Trust

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David Batchelor’s large-scale works are usually made in response to a particular setting and seek to interrupt this setting through the use of found objects and intense artificial colour. At Barts, however, Batchelor has created an artwork that seeks to enhance, rather than disrupt, the beauty of the eighteenth century stairwell. His glowing neon lights frame the original windows and are designed to be visible from every level of the building, but not visible in their entirety from any one point. As he says, 'the work will change throughout the day as the light levels alter: in full daylight the work will glow quite softly; at night it will appear much brighter'.

St Bartholomew's Hospital

London

Title

West Wing Spectrum

Date

2003

Medium

neon light, steel & acrylic

Accession number

00378

Acquisition method

commission

Work type

Sculpture

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St Bartholomew's Hospital

West Smithfield, London, Greater London EC1A 7BE England

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