Prologue is a preliminary discourse, an introductory scene suggestive of a continuation in the story and an optimistic future.
Larger than life, this commissioned sculpture by Fredrikson Stallard combines a circular steel frame with 8000 topaz Swarovski crystal droplets creating a large optical lens. Simple in its mimicry of the sun, yet complex in its endless nuances, Prologue’s presence activates its surroundings, refracting and reflecting light in every which way.
Prologue embodies both literal and metaphysical connotations. The external structure that rests on top of two industrial beams is fabricated in mild steel. The beams represent the driving force of man as a sign of the paramount responsibility to educate and nurture our planet for this and future generations to come.
Patinated to express its natural process of ageing, its materiality also references the renaissance of its surroundings, and as an extreme contrast with the precision and clarity of the crystal. The circle is the end and the beginning, a cycle of infinite potential. And the work’s title is itself a prefix, alluding to what is yet to come.
Scale is paramount to Prologue, it’s intended to dwarf the viewer yet not be overbearing. Its dazzling beauty created by the luminous veil of crystals generates awe and ignites a primeval response. Here, light translates into a sculptural medium becoming an illusory phenomenon. During the day, Prologue will be governed by natural daylight, yet at night, an artificial lighting design will illuminate the sculpture so it transforms into the moon. At no point will it ever be the same. Ever changing and adapting Prologue”s sensory aspect will be heightened, its presence instigating an emotional response, powerful yet serene.
Just as the optical lens had a profound effect on the development of art, with the ability to capture our imagination, Prologue emphasises the new beginnings, encapsulating the scope and scalability of renewed vision.
Patinated Steel, Swarovski Crystal
L400 x D50 x H400cm (L157 x D20 x H157in)