Roni Horn Thicket No. 2 1990, reconstructed 1999

Artwork details

Roni Horn born 1955
Thicket No. 2
Date 1990, reconstructed 1999
Medium Aluminium and plastic
Dimensions Displayed: 115 x 660 x 3677 mm, 594kg (297kg each sculpture)
Acquisition Presented by Janet Wolfson de Botton 1996
Not on display

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Roni Horn's work is a continuation of some of the formal arguments of American Minimal art. Her concentrated, simple forms and the conception of sculpture aligned to a specific space echo such artists as Judd and Andre. However, the artist's use of language and metaphor distinguishes her work and emphasises a connection with the structures of poetry. Here, Horn uses a pair of polished aluminium rectangles and bright yellow plastic to make tangible William Blake's 'Tyger Tyger burning bright' from 'Songs of Innocence and Experience'. The poem reflects on the breadth of the act of creation and marvels at the awesome inspiration of the creator: 'What immortal hand or eye/Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?'

August 2004

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