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Dock 2014 Exhibition at Tate Britain

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An Inside Walk of the Docks
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Phyllida Barlow, Dock 2014, Photo: Tate

When Phyllida Barlow was commissioned by Tate Britain to create a new exhibition to fill their Duveen Galleries, she was inspired by the Tardis Effect. After looking at the outside of the gallery, she noted how much bigger the spaces appeared inside, and became intrigued by this contradictory illusion. Barlow took this idea of contradictions, and took it in a new direction.

With Tate Britain situated next to the River Thames, she thought the docks was an appropriate theme, and decided to bring aspects of the outside world into an indoor environment.

Dock 2014 is Barlow's largest installation to date. It features five separate, but interconnected sculptures that make you feel as if you are taking a walk through a shipyard. Visitors are encouraged to navigate their way around the works, just like you might have to carefully tread your way through a field of debris at the Thames dock. Pieces include suspended wooden frames that represent shipping crates, grand stone pillars, a nine-metre high barrier, and 'randomly' arranged scrap material.

Admission to the exhibition is free, and will remain on display until the 19th October.
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Why? Fun for art lovers
When: Until 19th Oct
Phone: 44 (0)20 7887 8888
Where: Tate Britain
Cost: Free
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