Keith Harrison


Heavy Rock, 2015

A commission by Keith Harrison
for Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery as part of New Expressions 3

Keith’s inspiration has come from a work of art in Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery’s maritime paintings collection, entitled ’Laying Foundation Stone of Plymouth Breakwater’ by George Barret the Younger, 1812.

As in his previous work, Keith has made a hidden process public. The artist has intervened in the casting process of the 100 tonne ‘wave breaker’ concrete blocks that are placed out on Plymouth’s breakwater each year, placing hydrophone technology inside one of them.

In mid-July, a live event will celebrate the laying of the first block, in a contemporary equivalent to the scene pictured in Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery’s painting.

A special exhibition at the city's KARST will relay back to land the sounds captured by the hydrophones inside the wave breaker.

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Born in West Bromwich, raised from the age of 8 in Birmingham, and now based in Plymouth, Keith Harrison challenges preconceptions about the use and practice of ceramics. Since 2002, he has been involved in a series of process-based live public experiments that investigate the direct physical transformation of clay. Harrison was Ceramics Resident at the V&A, London from October 2012 to March 2013. He has also realised large-scale works for a range of public galleries and museums.