Irons in the fire - Richard Wilson

30 October- 16 January 1998/99

Irons in the fire illustrates the progress of leading British sculptor Richard Wilson's imaginative interventions into architecture. In the catalogue 'Formative Processes' Tim Dawson said of Richard Wilson that his "fascination with architectural and perceived space leads to a rich body of ideas where accepted comprehension of space is questioned and perverted." 

The site specific nature of the work means that often all that is physically left of an installation is photographs, studies and maquettes. The technical and structurally complex nature of the work, and the difficulties of funding such projects, mean the process often flounders at the proposals stage. Iron's in the Fire is a unique opportunity to gain insight into Wilson's thinking-including proposals and projects developed for public buildings including Tate Gallery, Liverpool, Serpentine Gallery, London, Baltic Flour Mills, Gateshead and Henry More Studios at Dean Clough, Halifax- culminating with his first public work, Over Easy , at Arc in Stockton which was opened on the 11th January 1999 at a cost of £8.5M.