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Ackroyd and Harvey: Shoal

Ackroyd & Harvey: Shoal

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Edition of 30

Shoal comprises 30 small fish skeletons, each one unique and individually encrusted with a growth of alum crystals. The fish skeletons are stripped, prepared and de-greased, forming crystals around the fish bones after placement in a hot chemical solution. As it cools down, alum crystals start to form and attach themselves to the bones, effectively embalming them.

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About the Edition

Shoal comprises 30 small fish skeletons, each one unique and individually encrusted with a growth of alum crystals. The fish skeletons are stripped, prepared and de-greased, forming crystals around the fish bones after placement in a hot chemical solution. As it cools down, alum crystals start to form and attach themselves to the bones, effectively embalming them.

Much of our work concentrates on organic processes of germination and growth. When asked to produce an exhibition in Western Australia in 1994, thoughts of evaporation and crystalline deposits came to mind and it was here we did our first experiments with simple salt crystals. The exquisite formation and yet mathematical simplicity of crystal structure then started to influence our working practice and has featured in a series of sculptural works.

Shoal is also a reflection on the changing chemical balance of the oceans as the upper level of seawater absorbs increasing levels of carbon dioxide present in the atmosphere.

Additional Information

Weight 0.7 kg
Dimensions 32.5 x 6.5 x 14.5 cm
Edition Size

30

Materials

Sea bream skeleton, alum crystals, perspex case

Date

2011

Often reflecting environmental and scientific concerns, Ackroyd & Harvey (Heather Ackroyd and Dan Harvey) are acclaimed for large-scale interventions in sites of architectural interest, acknowledging political ecologies by highlighting the temporal nature of processes of growth and decay in the urban space. In 2013 they grew the stone façade of a former British military building in Derry, N. Ireland for the City of Culture; ten years earlier they grew the soaring vertical interior of a deconsecrated church in London and in 2007 created a monumental living intervention on the exterior of the Royal National Theatre.

In 2011, they were awarded the prestigious Mapping the Park commission for London 2012, a series of living sculptures entitled ‘History Trees’ at ten of the major entrances into the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Ackroyd & Harvey have received many awards for their photographic work utilizing the pigment chlorophyll in making complex bio-chemical photographs; most recently they were presented with the Rose Award at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2014 and in 2012 the Wu Guanzhong Innovation prize for the 3rd Art & Science International Exhibition, Tsinghua University, Beijing.

Currently the artists are developing a series of new artworks for the University of Cambridge. Beuys’ Acorns, an ongoing work growing two hundred oak trees from acorns collected from Joseph Beuys’s seminal 7000 Oaks will be exhibited in France throughout autumn 2015, culminating in a major artistic intervention in partnership with scientists at the Institut national de la recherche agronomique (Inra) to coincide with COP 21, the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

This information was last updated in 2016. For the most up to date information see www.ackroydandharvey.com