#a moment in time
Lawrence Argent’s public art commission depicts an inverted and abstracted elephant, balancing perfectly on its trunk.
Commissioned for the Nanjing Yuhua E-Park in
China’s Software Valley, the work is a visual entry maker and represents the
continual advancement and transformation of technological development. Argent’s
work, titled a moment in
time, is comprised of over 15,000 individual ‘pixels’, each
manufactured in brushed stainless steel or painted
Rosso Corsa red.
Fabricated in UAP’s Shanghai workshop, each “pixel” was fastened using a nut and bolt system, with each component positioned together to create the final 12m tall form. Delivered within a tight nine month schedule, UAP worked with the artist to visualize, create and deliver the work.
Revered as a symbol of wisdom, knowledge, patience and strength, elephants have long since held the intrigue of many. Here, the elephant is manifesting itself into physicality from its surroundings. The absorption of new found data, information is gelling much like pixels becoming a whole, but in this case it is a mere incomplete momentLawrence Argent
Image credits: Rex Zou. Concept image: courtesy of the artist