The Grand Tour, 2012
paint, sintra, 60" x 60" x 24"
Hand-painted CNC-milled sintra plastic with wooden base
6’ x 4’
Installed at Nymans House and Gardens in West Sussex, England for the exhibition Unravelling the National Trust. Nymans House and Garden is a National Trust property known primarily for its exquisite English garden, which has been designed and developed by three generations of the Messel family. The artwork is a large-scale fan inspired by the Messel family fan collection. Grand Tour Fan appropriates from the original c. 18th century Grand Tour Fan on display at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. This fan inserts intentionally banal public places from contemporary Sussex life into the historical framework -- substituting scenes of Italian ruins with those of Gatwick Airport (just a few miles from Nymans House).