15.05.08 Ben Long's 'Stag Do' at Elephant & Castle

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Man&Eve proudly presents:

Ben Long’s ‘Stag Do’, Thursday 15th May 2008, 6-9pm.

A private view of ‘Stag Scaffolding Sculpture’ at the Elephant & Castle.

‘Stag’ is the fourth incarnation in Ben Long’s continually evolving series of Scaffolding Sculptures and is located temporarily at the dormant Oakmayne building site on Elephant Rd, SE17 1LB. The sculpture stands at a height of 35ft and is constructed entirely from conventional scaffolding components.

‘Scaffolding Sculptures’ is part of the ongoing ‘Great Travelling Art Exhibition’ a multi-disciplinary project which also includes drawings made in the dirt that gathers on the rear shutters of haulage trucks. To create the ‘Truck Drawings’ Ben Long draws using his fingers, a process that offers him an immediacy of mark-making not available when using a pencil or a brush.

He says:

“It is my intention to create artworks that engage with people who might otherwise have little or no involvement in the visual arts. I want to extend the boundaries of where art can be seen and how it can make people feel. With this project, my ambition has been to make an iconic artwork which functions as a surprising and integral part of people’s daily lives.”

‘Stag’ will remain at the heart of the Elephant & Castle regeneration zone for a period of two months. In July 2008, the sculpture will be dismantled and the components transported to a new location where the fifth Scaffolding Sculpture will be hosted.

Watch the construction of ‘Stag Scaffolding Sculpture’ here.

Ben Long will be hosting series of guided tours of the site, giving the public a chance to learn about the sculpture. These will take place on:
Saturday 17th May, 11am
Saturday 31st May, 11am
Saturday 7th June, 11am
Saturday 14th June, 11am
Saturday 21st June, 11am

Guests are encouraged to book in advance by contacting Man&Eve gallery +44 (0) 207 582 7861 / info@manandeve.co.uk.

The project has been kindly supported by D+R Scaffolding and Oakmayne Properties.