Panmure Passage

Materials: Norden granite

Created: 2009

Client: The Unicorn Property Group and Dundee City Council

H: 240cm W: 180cm D: 615cm

Categories: Commissions, Works in Progress

Sited on the location of the slipway where the RRS Discovery was launched in 1901. Each cut out taken from the eleven upright slabs relates to a cross-section of the hull of the vessel. The title of the sculpture acknowledges Panmure Shipyards where the vessel was built by the Dundee Shipbuilders Company.

The granite was imported as one twenty-seven tonne block, this was crucial to the idea, because when sliced the slabs were labelled so that in the final sculpture the sequence that they had been cut in was followed, this means the rough external shape of the block is still evident. The form of the sculpture relates to the vessel being locked in ice between 1902 and 1904 during Scott’s first expedition to the Antarctic.

Night time photo of Panmure Passage lit up, the quality of the lighting is white. The background shows lighting on the Tay road bridge, there are lamposts and the light from them is very warm, to the left of the image it is reflected in the water and appears as a series of short vertical lines. In the far distance are the lights from Newport.

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