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A Bench for ‘The Universal Holding Device’

Kate Morgan

A Bench for ‘The Universal Holding Device’

Kate Morgan





Dimensions (cm)

Height: 41.5
Length: 209
Depth: 29.5


Tulipwood, walnut, cast brass

Suitable Locations for the Work

  • Indoors
  • Floor-based
  • Freestanding

Background, history, commissioner of the work

Commissioned by Design Exhibition Scotland and exhibited at DES 2019. Supported by the VACMA awards Glasgow. The brass elements, The Universal Holding Device, were made on residency at the Scottish Sculpture Workshop in 2017.

Thematic/contextual information

In ‘A Bench for The Universal Holding Device’ Kate Morgan explores ideas of functionality, gesture, and the decorative. Integral to the bench is Morgan’s ‘Universal Holding Device’. Comprising two baton-like brass bars which can either sit in the aperture at the centre of the bench or be placed one at each end where they become functioning handles. The handles - brass was once the go-to material for furniture handles and door knobs - both signpost and invite potential sitters to engage in the physical act of picking up the bench and positioning where they wish. The work sets two paradoxical positions against one another; the tactile closeness of holding and handling an object, and the absurdity, in this context, of the necessity of a handle in the first place.

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