Found Relics Series

Idea behind piece that the bronze rope was once part of a bigger bronze figurative statue.


Villa dei Papiri, bronze statue of Hermes, Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli which is missing the rope in his left hand. The image of the sculpture above is a copy without the missing bronze from the orginal sculpture is a Roman copy, made before AD 79 of a Greek bronze original from late 4th c. BC in the tradition of Lysippos. The bronze rope will be dispalyed with information about the original main sculpture and the idea that the rope is the relic from this original sculpture

The inforamtion board will be as below

Rope of Hermes AD79

This and also the image of the larger statue will be displayed on a board which are seen in the British Museum.
The set up will also be influenced by the  British Museum and the V&A how they show artefacts. Real artefacts are important as the way in which I fool the viewer to believe that the rope is from the original sculpture.


 Above are images which show how they display relics in these museums, the idea is that the background to the piece is dark so that the object stands out more and also the lighting on the piece is key too.

Art and Artifact The Museum as Medium_0002 By James Putnam

From Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Portable Museum’ Boîte-en-valise of the early 1940s to the latest interventions by artists in museums’ displays, merchandise and education, artists of the last seventy years have often turned their attention to the ideas underpinning the museum.

Traditional methods of curatorship have been appropriated, mimicked or reinterpreted. Found objects or artists’ possessions have served as an extension of the artist’s studio, a storage place where both ideas and materials are evaluated. Many artists have exhibited their collections as an entity or 
a ‘museum’, thus contributing to a fresh understanding of the role of the museum.

The trend towards collaborations between artists and museum curators has in some cases involved the rehanging of existing collections or redesigning of gallery spaces. In this way the probing instinct of the creative mind counterbalances the sense of permanence associated with the museum in a dialogue involving elements of the past, present and future.

This is somthing which will make the work more intresting and also the way in which artist use found objects.


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