Richard Wentworth Shower 1984

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Date 1984
Medium Wood, plastic, iron and brass
Dimensions Object: 890 x 1100 x 880 mm
Acquisition Purchased 1984
Not on display

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Richard Wentworth's sculpture typically takes mundane objects and transforms their role and identity. He gives everyday items like chairs, tables and buckets a double role, to disrupt their conventional significance. Shower demonstrates Wentworth's affection for the commonplace, combining a 1950s table and a model ship's propeller. The propeller is fixed to the table, as if to a boat, like childhood games in which items of furniture become imaginary vehicles. The plate suggests that the table is anchored to the floor. The title refers to a memory of seeing tilted tables outside a café during a heavy shower in Spain.

May 2007

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