Nick Hornby, born in 1980, is a rising, young sculptor living and working in London. He has received degrees from the Slade School of Art at University College London and Chelsea School of Art. He has exhibited in the UK, the US, Switzerland, Greece and India, including Tate Britain, Southbank Centre, The Fitzwilliam Museum in the UK; and Eyebeam and The Museum of Arts and Design in New York. His work has been reviewed in the New York Times, Frieze, Artforum, and featured in Dazed, Wired, and Time Out, among others. Hornby’s sculptures emerge from the convergence of a postmodern historical perspective and cutting-edge digital technology.
Harlow Science Park, working with the Harlow Art Trust, has commissioned a new sculpture to be created as part of the first phase of landscaping work on the new development. This is to be sited between the first two buildings on the Park which will commence construction in May 2018 – a 30,000 square foot multi-tenanted office building for science and tech companies and a 15,000 square foot Medical Technology Innovation Centre for Anglia Ruskin University.
Harlow Art Trust has appointed British sculptor Nick Hornby to design a new work for Harlow’s new Enterprise Zone. It will be located at the heart of the new Harlow Science Park – home to Anglia Ruskin University’s Medical Technology Innovation Centre. The brief for this sculpture was to create a focal point that resonated both with the narrative of Science and Technology as well as Harlow’s cultural legacy. Hornby’s practice is ideally suited to this brief – as he appropriates art historical references and creates new hybrid objects using digital technologies.
The creation of high quality amenity space has been central to the conceptual thinking behind the development of the new Harlow Science Park. The commissioning of a new public sculpture is at the heart of this and will add to the experience of businesses, employees and visitors. We were particularly keen to work with a young British artist to help us achieve our vision and are delighted to be working with Nick and will be excited to see how his concept becomes reality over the coming months.
Corrina Dunlea, Director Harlow Art Trust says:
“Since 1953 Harlow Art Trust has been the guardian of beautifying both urban and rural spaces in Harlow unwittingly creating a leading example of how sculpture, architecture and landscape can be a perfect frame for designers and innovative practitioners such as Nick. We are excited to see how he will punctuate the new park turning the mundane into a visually enriching space ultimately enhancing the daily lives of the workforce, visitors to Harlow and residents. We are looking forward to collaborating with Nick. His piece will add elegance and important relevance to our sculpture collection.”
Nick Hornby says:
“I’m delighted to have the opportunity to develop this commission within the new Harlow Science Park. My design is a hybrid of figuration and abstraction formed by mixing the work of two artists – Michelangelo and Kandinsky. Both are arguably the pinnacle of their fields: Michelangelo’s David is the apotheosis of human perfectibility and Kandinsky is credited with painting one of the first recognised purely abstract works. I hope this artwork will provoke questions and debate.”
Hornby’s work was unveiled in November 2019.