“If you use a lot of plastic coffee mugs, you transform them into something else. If you use just one, then it’s still a plastic coffee mug”.
Heaven is a Place on Earth is a large floor work comprising 713 polished bathroom scales in candy-pop colours, ranging from turquoise and lime to cerise and black.
The Wonderful World of Abstraction takes its sculptural form from 1000’s of metres of multi-coloured ribbon, which are suspended uniformly from a metal frame – to kaleidoscopic effect.
Visitors are invited by Dahlgren to step into his pictorial and sculptural world by walking across and through his artworks.
He says, “It’s very important to be part of the work, to walk on it and to make that decision to. At first you don’t know if this is ok, if you are allowed to or not. Then once you see that you can, have permission to, it’s a magical moment.”
Acknowledging the sensual pleasure of the material world, and taking delight in the moments of physical and social interaction are recurrent themes in Dahlgren’s work.
Total visitor numbers: 18,289
One of a kind idea of how to make adults/kids interested, curious and play as the result. Lovely.
I want this at Lucy’s party. AP. Age 23.”
Just had the best lunch hour enjoying the Jacob Dahlgren exhibition. Fun things to play with.
Photographs by Tom Thistlethwaite