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Bleigiessen, 2003

This is a Bleigiessen. It was designed by Heatherwick Studio and Thomas Heatherwick and made for (as the client) Wellcome Trust. It is dated 2003. Its medium is glass beads with dichroic film, stainless steel wire.

Can a giant sculpture fit through a mail slot?
For its new London headquarters, the biomedical research charity Wellcome Trust commissioned a sculpture for the eight-story atrium— but the work had to fit through a standard-size door. A ground-level pool suggested the idea of capturing the dynamic shapes of falling liquids. The studio experimented 400 times with pouring molten metal into water to create unique forms, finally selecting a two-inch piece as a model to be replicated, ninety-eight feet high, using 142,000 glass spheres suspended on steel wires. The work’s title means "lead pouring" in German.

It is credited Courtesy of Heatherwick Studio.

Its dimensions are

H: 3000 cm (98 ft. 5 1/8 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition Provocations: The Architecture and Design of Heatherwick Studio.

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