1983 | Water Wedge

Site-specific temporary outdoor installation in historic castle ruins

April - June 1983


Dimensions in cm: 240 w x 240 l x 30 d

Materials: clear perspex, tensioned piano wire, square section steel rod, water


Current location: dissembled/recycled. Commissioned for: Scottish Sculpture Workshop Open 2, Kildrummy Castle, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, June 1983; travelling to: grounds of Oriel Theatre, Clwyd, Wales, September 1983.


Review: Cordelia Oliver, The Guardian


Artist’s notes:

The site I chose within the ruins was originally a chapel, presumably having a baptismal font or source of holy water. The water-filled structures are designed to act like large prisms, refracting white light into the colour spectrum. The effect of wind and rain on the open surface of the water brings a sense of drama to the work - a ‘theatre of elements’ (Oliver’s review). The construction brings together two of the four elements - water and air.