Oliver Barratt: Still Life
Born in 1962, Oliver Barratt studied sculpture at Falmouth School of Art graduating in 1985. Based in Kent for the past 20 years, Oliver has been creating work for exhibitions alongside large scale public projects as well as private commissions. He shows regularly in the UK and overseas, including the Guggenheim, Venice and The Royal Academy, London.
His commissions range from the Everest Memorial at Base Camp in Nepal to a commission for the City of Liverpool’s European City of Culture celebrations. He was awarded the Henry Moore Fellowship in 1990.
Barratt’s sculpture: ‘Still Life’ was unveiled in March 2006. The sculpture represents the bottle kilns that once dominated the areas landscape. The grouping of six reflects the towns of Stoke-on-Trent that have fused together but still retain their own identity. The nine metre high structure allows passers-by to walk through its arches. At night the structure is lit from within, creating graceful ribbons of light that move in and out of shadow.
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