Art installation - Camp (mycelium) Credit: Rob Battersby

Metropolis exhibition - Camp

Open daily 12noon - 11pm | Admission free. Ends Mon 26 June 2022

Drop by the Metropolis building on Earl Street to discover the free art exhibition where artist Lucy Tomlins presents a series of shelters made from mycelium, Portland stone and cob.

The artwork 'Camp, Do We Go Around the Houses,or Do Houses Go Around Us?' consists of three models of shelter-like forms, each expertly crafted from natural materials, are presented as if tests, works-in-progress, or models for future evolution. The artwork is in a state of flux. Formed from materials with varying properties and states of permanence, throughout the duration of their exhibition these materials will continue to transform, the results as yet unknown.

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By definition, a camp is a place of temporary residence – built of huts, tents, or other structural forms, typically used by soldiers, refugees, or travellers. For this installation, Lucy Tomlins presents a series of shelters made from mycelium, Portland stone and cob, offering an innovative way to bring together concerns around sustainable development through the material explorations and platform of contemporary sculpture.

Three models of shelter-like forms, each expertly crafted from natural materials, are presented as if tests, works-in-progress, or models for future evolution. And so they are. The artwork is in a state of flux. Formed from materials with varying properties and states of permanence, throughout the duration of their exhibition these materials will continue to transform, the results as yet unknown.

 

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Drawing on a number of different technical approaches from stone carving, to mycelium cultivation, to digital modelling, this installation harnesses the power of nature, bringing together traditional practices with cutting-edge techniques to examine sculpture as a space of possibility and transformation.

The title of this artwork derives from Mario Merz’s sculpture ‘Igloo, Do We Go Around Houses, or Do Houses Go Around Us?’ (1977, reconstructed 1985), with this reference acting as a departure point from which to investigate how artists might use materials to underscore the key questions of sustainability in contemporary society.

A form of Environmental Art, ‘Camp, Do We Go Around the Houses, or Do Houses Go Around Us?’ focuses on a web of interrelationships in our environment—on physical, biological, cultural, political and historical aspects of ecological systems in relation to dwelling, temporary and permanent. It creates a cross-cultural dialogue through time and space between sustainability and architectural construction techniques old and new. Of specific interest is the human dimension of material sustainability and the built environment – building as dwelling.

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1st Floor of Metropolis (above Metropolis Restaurant), Earl Street, Coventry, CV1 5QP

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Access for all

  • Level access for wheelchairs
  • Assistance dogs are welcome.
  • Disabled toilets available.

Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre

Camp, Do We Go Around the Houses, or Do Houses Go Around Us? is a Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre exhibition.

Pangaea Sculptors’ Centre is a Community Interest Company supporting contemporary sculptors and fostering technical excellence. The organisation promotes and enriches wider public engagement with sculpture through educational, critical and cultural programming. It investigates how artists might use materials to reflect on the key question of sustainability in contemporary society. Based between the Daimler Powerhouse, Coventry, and London, Pangaea also provides technical, fabrication and consultancy services.

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After you have visited the exhibition do stay on for some refreshment at Metropolis Restaurant downstairs. The restaurant is the training ground for over 100 young unemployed people every year and has an innovative menu with meat, vegetarian and vegan options for all menu items.
There is also a display showcasing art from local artists which are for sale. 50% of the profits from the restaurant go to support Historic Coventry Trust’s activities.

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