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Trumpeting the art of science

By Prospect   February 2010

This giant structure, measuring 9 metres squared, is Space Trumpet by Conrad Shawcross, currently the Science Museum’s artist-in-residence. Shawcross describes his recent appointment at the Science Museum as a “dream come true”: he has long been interested in how science and technology influence our understanding of the world, as Space Trumpet demonstrates. First unveiled in 2007, it hangs in the centre of the Unilever building in London, and rotates each day at noon, on a three-month cycle—ensuring, Shawcross says, that “people sitting at their desks have a different spatial relationship with it every day.”

The work was inspired by sound…

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