In 2012, Southwark Council appointed the Contemporary Art Society to manage the artist commissioning process for a new artwork for Dulwich Park. Following a public consultation and deliberation by the Dulwich Park Commission Steering Group, Conrad Shawcross was selected to create the new commission, which will honour the original sculpture by Barbara Hepworth.
His design, Three Perpetual Chords, has been selected from a shortlist also including proposals by artists Anya Galaccio, Ryan Gander and Eva Rothschild. The design is a series of cast iron sculptures, each created in relation to the mathematical patterns found in music. The artist describes these forms as “visual descriptions of musical chords.” Roughly human height, the sculptures are sequenced, leading visitors through an unexpected series of encounters in the park.
The production of the artworks was captured from start to finish – view the film here.
The public launch of the sculptures was held in April 2015, featuring a serenade from the London Contemporary Orchestra composed by Mira Calix.