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Sky Mirror (Nottingham Playhouse)

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This sculpture is situated outside the theatre, providing the centrepiece for the re-development of the forecourt area. Wellington Circus, Nottingham. NG1 5AF.

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      17.07.2001 00:35
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      A major piece of public outdoor sculpture has been erected on the forecourt of the Nottingham Playhouse Theatre. The work is titled Sky Mirror and although it was commissioned as the centrepiece for the re-development of the Theatre forecourt area, it has become a tourist attraction in its own right. The work is like a very large stainless steel dish mirror that is nearly six metres in diameter and over a metre deep in the centre. The dish does remind you of a giant silver wok standing on its edge. The dish tilts back at 16 degrees towards the sky and dominates the whole of the forecourt area. At the base of the dish is a water feature, although there have been a few teething troubles with this part of the sculpture as the water has leaked out from one or two places. The work is supposed to show the link between the performing arts and the visual arts and to “reflect” the range of each of these aspects of the arts at the Theatre. The piece was conceived by Anish Kapoor and although the mirror is made from British stainless steel it was actually manufactured in Finland and finished/polished in Wellingborough, England. The mirror weighs nearly 10 tonnes and is supported by another 10 tonnes of steel at the base. The whole sculpture is unique and is very stunning, reflecting the sky and the surrounding buildings in its dish. During the height of the Summer a screen has be erected on the roof of the Theatre to ensure that the sun does not reflect directly into the mirror as this could cause some serious harm if anybody then looked at the reflection. If you are in this part of Nottingham it is worth spending a few minutes to see this unusual and original work of art. You can find out more about the Sky Mirror on the web site at: http://www.nottinghamplayhouse.co.uk/skymirror/frames/skylongframe.html I am pleased that Nottingham was chosen for this new and novel piece of sculp
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