Angela BullochWest Ham - Sculpture for Football Songs 1998

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Artist
Angela Bulloch (born 1966)
Title
West Ham - Sculpture for Football Songs
Date 1998
Medium4 Belisha beacons, 4 light bulbs and light control unit
Dimensionsdisplayed: 1660 x 3000 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 2006
Reference
T12307

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Bulloch has made a number of works using Belisha beacons, which are more commonly used to illuminate pedestrian crossings. Here they are linked to a microphone in the gallery space and respond to sound, which initiates a sequence of flashing lights. The colours of the lights reflect the colours of the West Ham football strip, and the work’s title suggests that football anthems are a particularly appropriate trigger to speed up the light display. The unpredictable interactive element of this work is typical of Bulloch’s practice.

December 2006

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