"The Tower" is a performance which consists of raising an edifice in a space with a ceiling of great height. This edifice is constructed out of tables. Construction and deconstruction of this tower is an arduous performance; and deconstruction follows construction on consecutive days during an exhibition.
Performance 25 January - 1 February 1984 at the AGNSW in association with Sydney College of the Arts. Sponsored by the Bushells Trust.
Draughted drawings by Dilys Bidewell. Photographs, connection system and tackle design by Peter Rasmussen.
boxed portfolio of 8 draughted drawings, 8 gelatin silver photographs, selenium toned and one title page
a - Title page; 59.4 x 42 cm; sheet
b - The Tower (Axonometric sketch); 59.5 x 42.1 cm; sheet
c - Nine levels; 59.4 x 42 cm; sheet
d - Ground plan; 59.4 x 42 cm; sheet
e - Lower level overlays; 59.4 x 42 cm; sheet
f - Upper level overlays; 59.4 x 42.1 cm; sheet
g - Upper chute perspective; 59.5 x 42.1 cm; sheet
h - Pivot details (details 1-3); 59.4 x 42.1 cm; sheet
i - Pivot details (details 4-5); 59.4 x 42 cm; sheet
j - Two tables (set 1); 38.5 x 26.1 cm; each image
j - Two tables (set 1); 42.2 x 59.4 cm; sheet
k - Two tables (set 2); 38.5 x 26.2 cm; each image
k - Two tables (set 2); 42.2 x 59.4 cm; sheet
l - Two tables (set 3); 38.5 x 26.2 cm; each image
l - Two tables (set 3); 42.2 x 59.4 cm; sheet
m - Suspended table; 29.5 x 26.1 cm; each image
m - Suspended table; 42 x 59.4 cm; sheet
n - The chute; 38.6 x 53.8 cm; image
n - The chute; 42.1 x 59.3 cm; sheet
o - four wires; 38.6 x 54 cm; image
o - four wires; 42.1 x 59.4 cm; sheet
p - Three clamps; 53.9 x 38.5 cm; image
p - Three clamps; 59.3 x 42.1 cm; sheet
q - Turn buckles; 53.8 x 38.5 cm; image
q - Turn buckles; 59.3 x 42.1 cm; sheet
Signature & date
Signed and dated l.r. verso [nos. a-i] and c. verso [nos. j-q], pencil "Howell/ March '84".
Not on display
© Anthony Howell Photograph: Peter Rasmussen
Shown in 1 exhibition
Delineations, Ivan Dougherty Gallery, Paddington, 28 Oct 1989–25 Nov 1989
Referenced in 1 publication
Ursula Prunster, Art and Australia, 'Project and Performance', pg. 96-102, Sydney, Spring 1984, 101 (colour illus.).