Catalogue entry

Tim Scott b. 1937

T01367 TRIREME 1968

Not inscribed.
Acrylic sheet and steel tube, 62½ x 199¼ x 150½ (158 x 506 x 382).
Presented by Alistair McAlpine 1971.
Exh: Museum of Modern Art, Oxford, March–April 1969 (5); The Alistair McAlpine Gift, Tare Gallery, June–August 1971 (31, repr. in colour).
Lit: Anne Seymour, in catalogue of The Alistair McAlpine Gift, 1971, pp. 72–85.

‘Trireme’ is in an edition of two. It is related to ‘Quali I’, ‘Quali II’ and ‘Quali III’, which were also made in 1968, in that none of these sculptures is formed by solid volumes. The sculpture comprises a triangular frame of steel poles and flat acrylic sheets extending out on the ground.

The artist said (conversation with the compiler, 21 March 1972) that the frame alone, and not solid forms, establish volume in the sculpture. The height of the sculpture is such that the spectator should not be able to look down through the centre of the frame and thus see that the frame is hollow. The size of the acrylic sheets was determined by the possibility that they could be folded up and wrap the frame, changing it into a pyramid of colour. He thinks that in T01367 colour is established only through the acrylic sheets.

These sheets are rather shiny and the artist would prefer them to be less reflecting.

Published in The Tate Gallery Report 1970–1972, London 1972.