Rachel Whiteread

Title Monument
Collection fineart.ac.uk
Artist Rachel Whiteread
Nationality British
Description ‘Monument’ is a facsimile of the granite plinth on which is stood, cast in water-clear resin. It sat reversed on top of the original, its huge bulk rendered almost insubstantial by the material. The work was to refract the bustling traffic of the square.Technique: Monument is a replica of the stone plinth on which is stands cast in water-clear resin and inverted on top of the original. The mould was not made directly from the plinth as it is a listed monument and therefore it is not possible to take a cast of it. The mould was constructed to the same dimensions.
Approximately 11 tons of the material were used to make it. It is cast in two hollow sections which sit one on top of the other. Each section was stage poured over several hours into an aluminium mould. It was demoulded ater 30 hours and continued to cure over the next week.
The interior was filled and sanded where marks had been left by the mould, and then sprayed with a clear lacquer.
Rachel’s proposal for the plinth was submitted in May 1998. Research and development began in May 1999, but with the current resin supplier in August 2000. It took four months to construct the mould.
The Monument was poured at the beginning of May 2001. The making of the plinth was delayed by the technical difficulties involved in casting such a large volume of resin. A long period of research and development was necessary to determine the right material and casting technique.
Some of the particular difficulties were: the varying thicknesses of different parts of the mould; the high temperatures generated inside the mould by the curing of the resin; the tendency of resin to contract as it hardens. Several test casts up to half a ton were made, and once there was a success on this scale, the project proceeded to the actual pour.
Rachel Whiteread has pushed materials and techniques to their limites, and this is the largest cast ever made in resin.
location current site Trafalgar Square, London, UK, until May 2002.
Measurements Dimensions 450 x 510 x 250 mm
Material clear resin
Rights Owner Rachel Whiteread
Rights Status UK HE use only

Artist Rachel Whiteread
Title Untitled
Series Title Billboard for Edinburgh
Date 2008
Medium Archival inkjet print
Dimensions height: 38.20 cm, width: 45.80 cm
Inscription below image: 23/50 2008 / R. Whiteread
Published Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, 2008
Edition number 23/50
Acquisition Purchased from Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh, April 2009
Location UK, London, Department of Energy & Climate Change, 3 Whitehall Place
GAC number 18260/2

Posted March 21, 2012 by annallewellyn

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