Chain Reaction - Campbell Park, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
N 52° 02.940 W 000° 44.611
30U E 654729 N 5768891
Quick Description: This abstract sculpture dominates the landscape at the mid-northern point of Campbell Park.
Location: Southern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 2/21/2009 8:47:16 AM
Waymark Code: WM5WM5
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member JIMBOBWE
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Long Description:
The sculpture represents human-like figures merged into a chainlink design. It was designed by Ray Smith in 1992. The Milton Keynes website describes the piece: visit link

'Chain Reaction: Ray Smith, 1992
Mild steel, laser cut and painted
Skeldon Gate, off Silbury Boulevard
Commissioned by Milton Keynes Development Corporation and donated to
Milton Keynes Parks Trust

Ray Smith is well known for his imaginative commissions for public places and for his sensitive responses to the often complex functional and aesthetic requirements of a particular site. His work ranges from individual sculptural and painted works to entire urban design projects incorporating street furniture and metalwork. Chain Reaction was commissioned for its site in Campbell Park and sponsored by a large number of local developers. It has been designed to be viewed from every angle. Ray Smith describes the work: 'The basic idea for the sculpture is the simple notion of slotting one flat cut-out figure into another to create ...a three-dimensional model of figures balanced like acrobats. The forms are simple and universal.....The figures that make up the column are links in an endless chain. The structure is large in scale but also refers to tiny self-replicating molecular structures. Chain Reaction pays homage to the Endless Column of Brancusi. It refers to our aspirations but has its feet firmly planted on the ground'. '

Title: Chain Reaction

Artist: Ray Smith

Media (materials) used: Mild steel, laser cut and painted

Location (specific park, transit center, library, etc.): Campbell Park

Date of creation or placement: 1992

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