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Sculpture: Found Objects, New Media, Wood, Paint, Acrylic on Steel, Wood.
This installation is one of four smaller pieces in my series of unique art installations using discarded, laughing gas canisters (also known as Noz and Whippets). 631 canisters have been used. They are glued into an acrylic painted wooden structure using certified MDF from a company with sustainable certification. The wall-mounting arrangement is shown in one of the detail images. All the canisters are washed and sprayed with an anti-rust spray.
This particular installation was the first to have a loosely painted backing board using pinks, pale blues and various acrylic silvers. The other feature of this piece is the centre canisters which are the only dark pink ones I have ever found. Paler pink canisters, surrounding the darker pink ones, are not common but are regularly found.
In my recent solo exhibition Laugh out Loud, featuring 11 canister art installations, this piece was probably the favourite of many visitors.
The installation weighs approximately 15kg 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 or bolts. The mounting arrangement with batons at the back of the piece (included in the depth dimension) gives the impression of a floating frame.
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.
Repair kit - the canisters are glued in using Gorilla Grab glue. If not disturbed they will stay permanently in position. People are very drawn to touch and if any become loose, the hole can easily be cleaned out and the canister reglued. I will supply a few spare canisters as well.
Artist featured by Saatchi Art in a collection