Huge Wooden Structure Comes Crashing Down


Yesterday, if you were at the Longside Gallery at Yorkshire Sculpture Park in the UK, you got to experience something quite unique…art crashing down! Aeneas Wilder built a gargantuan structure that consisted of 10,000 uniform pieces of Iroko wood. “By limiting the creative act to one simple material, in ample supply, with clearly defined parameters (no fixing, no joining, no additional materials, only balance and gravity allowed for the construction process) a door opens into a wholly unexplored creative territory,” the artist told Yorkshire.

The sculpture, called Untitled # 155, was the first major UK installation by Aeneas Wilder, conceived specifically for the Gallery.

The artist carefully constructed this work to challenge himself in an architectural space, exploring what the possibilities are for creating sculptures and structures within certain boundaries. The “seemingly” safe structure was “one that [was] loaded with the potential energy of collapse.”




Ultimately, Wilder’s work was meant to come crashing down. In fact, Kick Down for Untitled # 155 was a scheduled event for the public that ultimately sold out. Lucky for us, they took pictures and filmed the exciting moments which you can see below.




What a sight! On a side note, Yorkshire Sculpture Park is enjoying record breaking attendance thanks to such amazing works as this and Jaume Plensa’s sculptures which we wrote about here. Awesome.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park website





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