Ben Long Dog Scaffolding Sculpture II

 

Dog Scaffolding Sculpture II, 2010,
Scaffolding construction
604 x 366 x 718 cm
Installation view:
FE McWilliam Gallery, Northern Ireland
Commissioned by Banbridge District Council

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.