Ben Long Horse Scaffolding Sculpture detail

 

Horse Scaffolding Sculpture, 2009,
Scaffolding construction
472 x 341 x 809 cm
Installation view:
The Economist Plaza, London
Commissioned by Contemporary Art Society

Scaffolding components, materials commonly used within the construction industry, are repurposed to create sculptural form. Despite their monumental scale, Scaffolding Sculptures may be dismantled to become new artworks at a later stage. This state of semi-permanence remains true to the intended function of modular scaffolding. Viewed chronologically as

 

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a series they demonstrate Long's ambition to continually progress in this unconventional medium. Just as a child plays with a simple building system such as Lego or Mechano, taking components apart and re-building on a whim, it is the continual development of Scaffolding Sculptures that takes precedence over any one complete artwork.