Cast concrete, burnt timber
Tate Modern, London
Commissioned by Tate Modern, 2012/14
Skirt of the Black Mouth is a site-specific work that creates a new park space, taking a new approach to the building site hoarding by using the boundary as an architectural frame.
The artists often make works for public spaces that disrupt the rigid grid of the modern world. They use simple folds and cuts to transform monolithic forms, materials and ideas, producing a more unexpected, more beautiful geometry. The resulting structures are intended to agitate and provoke the viewer, but the artists also want people to find hope through this confrontation.
Skirt of the Black Mouth began as a new approach to the traditional hoarding, using it as a sculptural element to redefine the space, while allowing glimpses of what lies behind. Characterised by a distinctively twisted arrangement of the wall, bench and path, it is a space stolen back from the construction site, dividing one world from another. Composed of light and dark, silences and shadows, contrasting materials and conflicting ideas, it will encourage visitors to begin to imagine what this space is, and what it might be in the future.
Synithia Griffin, Tate Modern, London
Supported by Byrne Brothers With additional support from: Bankside Urban Forest, Better Bankside, Coed Cymru, Architectural Consultants EMSA, Bankside Mix - Land Securities, Elliot Thomas, MACE, Queen & Crawford, Twineham Timber, Wingate Electrical PLC