On the forecourt, we are met with Breathe, a monumental standing figure whose geometric molecular make up dissipates as it reaches further towards the sky, its form gradually dematerialising before our eyes. Moving away from previous work where he used polyhedral or geodesic structures in opposition to the more solid human form, Hillier’s new work internalises the geometric into the fabric of the figure. He is analysing, reducing and interpreting the human form and its movement using 3D motion sensing, printing and animation, positioning sculpture as the vital interface between the digital and the real world.
In the adjoining gallery, the five finalists of First@108, a highly successful and challenging award giving an artist an opportunity to create their first public art work and taking them through the rigorous process, will be showing their maquettes and proposals. This year, Graham Guy-Robinson MRBS, Beatrice Haines MRBS, Evy Jokhova (2016 Bursary), Rupert Norfolk and Ana Caterina Pereira MRBS are responding to the theme 'The Poetics of Structure'.