By Yasmijn Jarram

Conrad Shawcross specialises in making mechanical sculptures that are based on philosophical and scientific ideas. They are complicated, wooden machines whereby a role is often played by light and movement. This is a practical method he uses to expose the laws of nature and the abstract nature of science. Shawcross works together with scientists in researching and developing his machines.

Shawcross uses various materials and techniques for his massive sculptures. He uses nautical and audiovisual technologies, but also leaves room for the influence of natural forces. His machines and structures always look mysterious and intangible. Some emanate a strange air of melancholy, while others verge on the sublime. They are wondrous odes to the history of physics.