West Wing Spectrum, 2004
Neon light, steel and acrylic
David Batchelor’s large-scale works are usually made in response to a particular setting and seek to interrupt this setting through the use of found objects and intense artificial colour. At Barts, however, Batchelor has created an artwork that seeks to enhance rather than disrupt the beauty of the eighteenth century stairwell. His glowing neon lights frame the original windows and are designed to be visible from every level of the building, but not visible in their entirety from any one point. As he says, ‘ the work will change throughout the day as the light levels alter: in full daylight the work will glow quite softly; at night it will appear much brighter’.
Batchelor was born in Dundee in 1955 and educated at Trent Polytechnic and the Centre for Contemporary Studies, University of Birmingham.