Moving Rock

Nixon, Louis [Artist] (2016) Moving Rock. (Sculpture made from jesmonite and computer control system). 3m x 2.5m.


Moving Rock is an on-going research project which began in 2014. Over the past 18 months I have been constructing a 3 Metre x 2.5 Metre boulder which is computer controlled and activated by infra red sensors enabling it to move when approached by a viewer. It is both an indoor and outdoor work and over the next 12 months I will be on tour to a number of sites and locations to exhibit and film the work. It is anticipated that there will be a resulting publication about the project, with text that also considers this work in relation to four other artists works with boulders and rocks : Ed Ruscha’s ‘Boulder’ in the Mojave desert (1975) and Pierre Bismuths hunt to find it in the film “where is Rocky 11?” (2015). John Frankland’s installation Boulders 1 and 2, which were commissioned by PEER for Shoreditch in 2012. And finally Nobuo Sekine Who represented Japan in the 1970 Venice Biennale with Phase of Nothingness, consisting of a large natural stone supported by a mirrored stainless steel column. Moving Rock is Informed by my observations on art and architecture, urban and public space and will be presented and disseminated through various channels over the course of the next two years, culminating in a publication.

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