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Habitat 2004

Gavin Turk (born 1967, Guildford, England, UK)

Gavin Turk is renowned for his bronze sculptures of everyday objects such as bin-bags and polystyrene cups. His controversial art has brought him to the forefront of the contemporary British art world.The sleeping bag is a familiar object of the urban environment. The one word title 'Habitat' conjures up, for some, ideal interior design, but here it describes a sleeping bag - the 'habitat' or home of the down-and-out. This sculpture stands as a symbol of our age of individualism and commercialism, encapsulating the downside of an uncaring, anonymous society. With its apparently grubby surface, its plains of soft hills and valleys with rifts and ridges, the sleeping bag recalls a natural landscape. Through the snake-like zip the inner lining can be seen. Yet this sense of padded softness is an illusion. It is a solid object; the fabric can never change. Every crease and fold is cast in bronze, the casually rumpled, padded nylon form is fixed in space forever.

Acquisition Details

Acquired from White Cube, London, 2004
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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