Jerwood Sculpture Prize Commission Unveiling 

12. Jun - 31. Dec 12 / ended Jerwood Sculpture at Ragley

Jerwood Sculpture Prize Commission Unveiling

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Spring, Juliet Haysom

Spring, Juliet Haysom

Jerwood Sculpture Prize Commission Unveiling

Starting twenty-four metres below the ground, Juliet Haysom's ephemeral sculpture Spring is an innovative work that has a direct and active relationship with the landscape.

The Jerwood Charitable Foundation is delighted to announce that the unveiling of this unique commission by Juliet Haysom will be on the 12 June 2008 at Ragley, Alcester, Warwickshire. Juliet won the 2007 Jerwood Sculpture Prize for Spring in April 2007 and has since been preparing for the day she can literally 'turn it on'.

To create this transient sculptural form, Juliet drilled a borehole down to a local aquifer below the grounds of Ragley. Water present in the ground is then pumped to the surface and driven through a series of nozzles.

Its appearance will vary depending on weather and light conditions, but the reliable water source means that it will remain a permanent feature of the within the grounds. The visible vapour created will sustain the turf and surrounding plants before vanishing into the atmosphere and ultimately returning to the ground. It is a special addition to the Jerwood Foundation's Sculpture Collection at Ragley.

“Haysom is particularly intrigued by the ways in which each piece of sculpture can make use of the invisible qualities of a place.”

Rachel Campbell-Johnston, Art Critic, The Times

The Jerwood Sculpture Prize was launched in 2001 as a major initiative of the Jerwood Charitable Foundation. The aim of this commissioning prize is to give strong support and encouragement to emerging talent within the medium of outdoor sculpture and to commission new work for the Jerwood Foundation's Sculpture Collection, sited within the grounds of Ragley, Warwickshire. Previous winners include Benedict Carpenter, Gereon Krebber, and Judith Dean.

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