Contained Laughter 2 Sculpture by Derek Goldberg


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Contained Laughter 2

Derek Goldberg

United Kingdom


Size: 27.2 W x 19.4 H x 4.5 D in

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Sculpture: Found Objects, New Media, Wood, Spray Paint, Steel on Wood, Steel.

This is a new sub-series of my unique canister art using discarded, laughing gas canisters (also known as Noz and Whippets. All the previous installations have had canisters glued into holes. Here they are glued together in compartments. Each of the 35 compartments contains 25 canisters and the centre canisters protrude to give depth to the installation. There are 14 different spray-painted colours roughly in rainbow colours and the repeatable pattern is complex. 875 canisters have been used. They are glued into an wooden structure using certified MDF from a company with sustainable certification. All the canisters are washed

The spray paint is made by Montana and is water-soluble, and non-toxic.

The installation weighs 26kg and can be lifted by one person. It can be hung from a plaster-board wall as is the case in my studio, supported by two protruding large screws. The mounting arrangement with batons at the back of the piece (included in the depth dimension) sits flush against the wall.

All the canisters have been picked up my me, supportive friends and willing street cleaners from the gutters, car parks and parks of London. This art is helping the environment, reducing litter and saving these from land-fill sites and the street cleaners do not separate them for metal recycling. The canisters are extensively used as a "legal high" with little regard for, or ignorance of, the medical evidence of risk to mental health. Some deaths have been directly attributed to extensive misuse.




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