1992
Acrylic, Wood, Aluminium
400 x 610 x 340 cm
Edition of 1

A twentieth century folly, Pavilion is sculptural in form and boasts modern, industrial materials which are tested in innovative ways. This is Thomas Heatherwick’s earliest large-scale structure, designed and constructed whilst he was studying three-dimensional design at Manchester Polytechnic. It predates the designer’s graduation from the Royal College of Art and his founding of the award-winning Heatherwick Studio.

Pavilion demonstrates Heatherwick’s unique adaptation and transformation of a traditional architectural structure, challenging a perceived gap between architectural design and craftsmanship. It is simultaneously inviting and obstructing, exposed and unavailable. It may be interpreted as a building, a piece of furniture or a sculptural object. Inspiration for the piece came from a derelict farm shed with a collapsing, distorted roof. Besides exhibition at Chatsworth in 2013, Thomas Heatherwick’s Pavilion has remained on view at Cass Sculpture Foundation in West Sussex since installation in 1993.


Pavilion was previously on loan to Chatsworth, Derbyshire as part of the Beyond Limits exhibition.

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About The Artist

Thomas Heatherwick's practice has grown exponentially since graduating with Pavilion in 1993 from the Royal College of Art, which Wilfred Cass funded and supported and that still lies in the grounds of Cass Sculpture Foundation. Thomas Heatherwick established Heatherwick Studio in 1994, which is recognised for its work in architecture, urban infrastructure, sculpture, design and strategic thinking. Today a team of 180, including landscape architects, product designers and engineers work from a combined studio and workshop in Kings Cross, London. At the heart of the studio’s work is a profound commitment to finding innovative design solutions, with a dedication to artistic thinking and the latent potential of materials and craftsmanship. This is achieved through a working methodology of collaborative rational inquiry, undertaken in a spirit of curiosity and experimentation.

Over the course of it's existence Heatherwick Studio has worked on a global scale carrying out a diverse range of commissions and in an eclectic variety of environments on a monumental scale. The studio’s work includes a number of nationally significant projects for the UK, including the award-winning UK Pavilion at the Shanghai World Expo 2010, the Olympic Cauldron for the London 2012 Olympic Games, and the New Bus for London.

‘Pavilion’ is currently on display

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Thomas Heatherwick

Born: 1970

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