A stroll through London’s West End leads past famous and historic highlights: Picadilly Circus, Oxford Street and Soho are just some of the numerous attractions. Since 2010, the borough of Westminster has been host to an open-air art gallery. Launched in the build up to the 2012 Summer Olympics and the Queen’s ¬Diamond Jubilee, the ”City of Sculpture Exhibition” features dozens of contemporary sculptures on display in Westminster’s squares and parks. The pieces are exchanged regularly and the project’s popularity has led city planners to extend it indefinitely. One of the sculptures in this public gallery is Tim Morgan’s ”Aurora.” As SCHOTT has provided glass for his sculptures in the past, Morgan approached the company in search of support: ”I’ve always had a good relationship with SCHOTT and their products are of the highest quality.”
Aurora is one of the largest single piece sculpture Morgan has ever built. It stands an impressive three meters high and weighs slightly less than a ton. Aurora exemplifies the elegant engineering complexity that is a feature of Morgan’s work. It is made from two belts of rolled, welded and painted mild steel. Its tense, wound form is balanced by its bright and playful, vibrant yellow paint. Where the belts delaminate the space is filled with thousands of cut glass rods – their combined length spans a distance of over twenty soccer fields. The glass rods capture ambient light from the sun, buildings, and traffic, and focus it into bright eye-catching slivers. In this way, the sculpture’s appearance is particularly dependent on its environment and changes as the day passes.