Construction 1975

Another of my father’s construction sculptures – and a description written by my brother at a much later date.

“Richard Wakelin made sculptures based on the ideas of Op Art and Systems Art. It is fascinating to see how calm clean ‘spaces’ could be made by taking simple shapes and repeating them through regular patterns and imagining being able to walk through them. In this piece the basic shape is repeated again and again but it’s orientation is decided from one line to the next according to a ‘pendulum pattern’ in which the corresponding pieces swing from one end of the line to the other.”

In the last few years I have been exploring similar practices, using simple repeated units and altering their orientation by various systems. Some examples below


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