Shimmy

Exemplar

The making of a unique sculpture

Shimmy is a stunning art installation by renowned British sculptor Alison Wilding, created for Exemplar's 10 New Burlington Street. The artwork is fabricated from 400 individual strips of mirror-polished stainless steel, with 28 coloured acrylic spheres caught in the uppermost layers of the sculpture.

Our timelapse film captures this unique commission as it was crafted in the artist's studio, and then installed on site. The approach is rhythmic and modular, a multi-frame split screen narrative that suggests scale and the gradual process of construction. The film aims to function as an extension of Wilding's approach to the sculpture, and explores her tendency for polarity; light and shadow, revelation and concealment. It also echoes the physical properties of the artwork: lines, reflections, interlocking planes, and multiple perspectives.