As part of the Slade Rock Room Project, a collaboration between the Slade School of Fine Art and UCL Earth Sciences, we are presenting a 1-day Sculpture Park taking place in the grounds and building of the UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory in Surrey.
Opened in 1966 the UCL Mullard Space Science Laboratory is the United Kingdom's largest university space research group. MSSL is the Department of Space and Climate Physics of UCL. The laboratory is situated in a Victorian country house set in 30 acres ofparklands with spectacular views across the Surrey and Sussex countryside, and has scientists working together with engineers on projects such as the Rosetta Comet Mission and other international space research missions in the solar system and beyond.
The Sculpture Park takes shape within a 1-day visit to the laboratory and involves taking over the gardens, grounds and parts of the building temporarily as sites for a series of discreet sculptural interventions, from material compositions to ephemeral acts and conceptual experiments.
Aiming to be a speculative and unfolding process, the idea of the 1-day Sculpture Park makes reference to aspects of public art, exhibition making and how something translates into an external, public, natural or landscaped environment. The exhibition looks at contrasting scale, materials and dimensions in relation to the context at MSSL, attempting to open up an imaginary space.