Ecologies of Value - John Newling

20 Jul 2013 – 14 Sep 2013

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The Exchange

England, United Kingdom


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  • Buses stop in the centre of Penzance.
  • The Exchange is a five-minute walk from the train and bus stations

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Major survey exhibition presenting a selection of John Newling's work, from the 1970s to the present day.


John Newling is a pioneer of British public art, exploring religion, the natural world and the social and economic systems of society. Works in the exhibition that play with ideas relating to money and religion include replicas of high street cash machines made in copper, large glass bowls stained with the dirt and debris cleaned from the surface of 50,000 two-pence coins and sculptures related to the act of taking communion in the Christian church. Newling has also produced artworks through horticultural processes. Two silver-lined hydroponic growth tents contain young Miracle Trees (Moringa oleifera), a species with uniquely generous properties for healing and nutrition. Through carefully regulated levels of light, carbon dioxide and water, the tents simulate the trees' native climate conditions in the Himalayan foothills of north-western India.

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