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Spinner 1, 126kg (STASiS)

Sculpture, 2019.

The search for balance is seen in Amartey’s new series of chainmail sculptures, the largest of which weighs 126kg with 153,780 links that have all been wound, cut and fitted together by hand and hung from a single point in the ceiling. At given intervals, the sculpture is spun at increasing speeds until it opens out spanning over 2 meters in diameter. 


The sculptures where originally intended to be perfectly balanced, however the search for balance proved to be an elusive one. When observing the sculptures, any slight flaw is invisible to the naked eye; a fractionally smaller link on one side or an extra piece on the other is negligible. Yet, once it starts moving, the seemingly insignificant imbalances become more and more prevalent until they throw the entire sculpture off its axis, turning the momentum into a powerful force with potentially serious consequences. 

"Each spinning sculpture aims to achieve its own balance, it’s own stability. Some will fail and some will succeed.” - Amartey Golding.

Video by Iain Ovenden.

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