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‘Preserve’ features non-functioning, spent light bulbs which often appear as emblematic objects in Wentworth’s sculpture. A similar work, titled ‘Saving Daylight’, 1984, points to an interest in how time is manipulated by the use of artificial light. In ‘Preserve’ the cast concrete cap suggests a desire to keep or halt time – but the heavy ceiling suspended above the delicate glass globes also threatens to destroy. The title ‘Preserve’ also plays on the American term for jam which is a slang word for a predicament.

MediumWire basket, bulbs and concrete
Dimensions Unframed, 35 x 44 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Loan, Weltkunst Foundation, 1996
Item NumberL.641 LW
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Richard Wentworth, Preserve, 1987, Wire basket, bulbs and concrete, Unframed, 35 x 44 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Loan, Weltkunst Foundation, 1996

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Richard Wentworth b.1947

British sculptor Richard Wentworth attended Hornsey College of Art and the Royal College of Art. Experimenting with a range of materials and procedures, Wentworth manipulates and juxtaposes every-day, often disregarded objects to create sculptures that play with scale, gravity, ordinariness and language. Wentworth has exhibited since the 1970s. He taught at Goldsmith’s College, London, from 1971 to 1987. His work was the subject of a major solo exhibition at Tate Liverpool in 2005.

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