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Summer exhibition gets laser treatment

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Work by a South Yorkshire laser firm is set to take the London art world by storm, thanks to a captivating new installation by the youngest living Royal Academician. Laser experts Cutting Technologies worked alongside Ken Ware Engineers on the project by world-renowned artist, Conrad Shawcross RA.


The Cutting Technologies team laser cut thousands of tetrahedrons for Conrad Shawcross?? site-specific installation for the Royal Academy of Arts Courtyard for the Summer Exhibition 2015.


The 8,000 tetrahedrons were laser cut from 40 tonnes of steel and when assembled by Ken Ware Engineers create five groups of steel ??clouds?? which will take centre stage in the Annenburg Courtyard as part of Conrad Shawcross?? latest showcase installation ?? The Dappled Light of the Sun 2015.


The branching forms of the piece, built from the thousands of laser cut tetrahedrons, stand at more than six metres high and weigh five tonnes each.


Held consistently since 1769, The Summer Exhibition provides a unique platform for both emerging and established artists and architects to showcase their work on an international scale.


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The Summer Exhibition is an open-submission exhibition and early exhibitors included the likes of Reynolds, Constable and Turner. This year, over 1,200 artworks will be on display and the sales from the Summer Exhibition raise significant funds to finance current students at the Royal Academy of Arts.


Cutting Technologies Director Jane Robinson commented: ?A lot of our work is with artists and designers and being part of the creative process is something we really enjoy. Having worked with Conrad in the past, we understand the level of quality and precision his incredible work demands. We??re thrilled to have played such an important role in the 247th anniversary of the world??s largest open-entry art exhibition.??


Describing his work, Conrad Shawcross explained, ?The Greeks considered the tetrahedron to represent the very essence of matter. In this huge work I have taken this form as my ??brick??, growing these chaotic, diverging forms that will float above the heads of visitors who will be able to wander beneath them. I am extremely excited to see the completed work exhibited for the first time in the RA??s historic Annenburg Courtyard, for which it was conceived.??


The Summer Exhibition opened to the public on June 8 and runs until August 16.

www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/summer-exhibition-2015 | www.cut-tec.co.uk


Image: Conrad Shawcross, The Dappled Light of the Sun, 2015. Weathering steel, dimensions variable. Installation view at the Royal Academy, London. Photograph by Marc Wilmot, courtesy of the artist and Victoria Miro Gallery, London. 





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