“It’s alive!” artist stampedes hydraulic sculpture through University of Leicester’s Botanic Garden

Posted by uatemp13 at Jul 11, 2013 01:29 PM |
Artist James Capper takes helm of lean mean stomping machine for Sculpture in the Garden exhibition on Monday 15 July
“It’s alive!” artist stampedes hydraulic sculpture through University of Leicester’s Botanic Garden

James Capper's sculptural machine, Tread Toe

It’s big. It’s noisy. It’s bright yellow. It’s made of industrial hydraulics, and looks like the kind of construction behemoth you see tearing down buildings or digging huge holes in the ground—so why on earth is James Capper’s new walking sculpture, Tread Toe,  thundering through the quiet of the University’s Botanic Garden?

In keeping with theme of this year’s exhibition, ‘A Change of Heart’, Tread Toe is designed to change the landscape—it crashes through the tranquillity of the garden, churning up the ground and making as much noise as it can. Coming complete with a cockpit and powerful central leg, it was inspired by the kind of earthmoving machines designed by American engineer R. G. LeTourneau.  It reminds us that the world isn’t still, or quiet, but deafening, volatile and kind of scary—that is, scary as only a great big rampaging metal monster can be.

James Capper will be piloting his machine through the garden on Monday 15 July, between 12.30 and 2.30pm, as part of a dynamic range of sculptures showcased over the summer—ranging from Liane Lang’s sculpture of the legs of Mohammed Reza Pahlavi, the last Iranian Shah to Anna Sikorska’s set of huge railway tracks.  The exhibition features work by 20 artists, including David Worthington, former Vice-President of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, Marigold Hodgkinson and William Pye.

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