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Alternative Compression

Dominic Hopkinson

Alternative Compression

Dominic Hopkinson





Dimensions (cm)

Height: 50
Length: 30
Depth: 30


Kilkenny limestone

Suitable Locations for the Work

  • Indoors
  • Outdoors
  • Floor-based
  • Freestanding
  • On a plinth

Background, history, commissioner of the work

Hand carved, as part of a series of works investigating how biological cells fit or pack together to create structure, utilising a system called “closest packing theory”. Based on research into the Human Genome Project, I received funding to work with an interdisciplinary research group at University of Exeter, culminating in a solo exhibition in 2006 at the Northcote Gallery on campus. Shown in two other solo exhibitions in York and Bradford.

Thematic/contextual information

I was looking at how organic cells fill space. How a soft, flexible membrane full of liquid acts in order to maximise its efficiency in packing together, and ultimately creating a structure, ie a human, etc a tree. I then took this idea and worked with it in a rigid, hard material such as stone, setting up a contrast in outcome yet working from the same starting point. Can the stone be made to look soft, and tactile? Squishy and soft?

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