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The Whirlwind in the Thorntree 2004

Anya Gallaccio (born 1963, Paisley, Scotland, UK)

The Whirlwind in the Thorntree is a unique cast of a sapling found by the artist in a hedgerow in Norfolk. She liked the idea that this wild, unkempt and un-cared for hawthorn, which spent its time being overlooked by passers-by, could be given new life through the direct burn-out casting process and transformed into something delicate, elaborate and quite magical. Gallaccio worked with a jeweller to cast the silver berries at the end of each branch. Casting them in their slightly shrivelled, dried out state reminded her of 'crumpled up milk-bottle tops', imagery which denies their inherent value as objects cast in precious metals. Anya Gallaccio was born in Paisley in 1963 and lives in London. She is one of the leading British sculptors of her generation. She was nominated for the Turner Prize in 2003 and has exhibited her work to national and international acclaim. Her work is featured in numerous public and private collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney

Acquisition Details

Acquired from the New Art Centre, Roche Court, Wiltshire, 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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